Madurai Bench of MHC bans two people from social media for derogatory posts on Modi and Muslims

Mahedev and Charles are restrained from using social media for a year by the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court 
Representational (Pic: Google)
Representational (Pic: Google)

Two persons, one from Madurai and the other from Kanniyakumari, were banned from using social media for a year by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, in separate cases, after they posted derogatory comments about Muslim community and Prime Minister Narendra Modi respectively in their Facebook accounts. The bench passed the above order while allowing the anticipatory bail petitions filed by the two men, one Mahedev of Madurai and Jabin Charles of Kanniyakumari.

Justice G R Swaminathan in his order in Mahadev's petition observed that the conduct of the petitioner in posting derogatory comments about the Muslim community cannot be appreciated. "The petitioner is thinking that upholding derogatory posts against the Muslim community is his dharma. But he is sadly mistaken,-" the judge stated. However, Justice Swaminathan granted anticipatory bail to Mahedev on condition that he has to keep away from social media for a year. The judge further directed him to submit an apology in the form of an affidavit, showing that he has realised his mistake and regrets his action. If any of the conditions were violated, the prosecution is free to move the court seeking cancellation of the bail, the judge added.

The judge, on Monday, passed a similar order against Jabin Charles of Kalkulam in Kanniyakumari district. Charles was booked by Vadasery police for allegedly circulating denigrating memes from his Facebook account, photoshopping the picture of Prime Minister Modi in connection with his recent meeting with the President of China at Mamallapuram. Charles submitted in his petition that he repents his action and expressed willingness to tender an open apology and publish the same in a local newspaper. Adding that he did not mean to tarnish the reputation of PM Modi, he had prayed the court to grant him anticipatory bail.

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