After an FIR was lodged by complainant Syed Rizwan Ahmed, Lucknow police booked Ms Spandana for sedition under Section 124-A of the IPC and Section 67 of the IT (Amendment) Act that accuses the Congress leader of defaming PM Modi.
File photo of actor-turned-politician Divya Spandana, popularly known as Ramya, her stage name. (Courtesy: Ramya’s FB)
A case was registered Tuesday at the Gomtinagar Police Station here, he said.
After an FIR was lodged by complainant Syed Rizwan Ahmed, Lucknow police booked Ms Spandana for sedition under Section 124-A of the IPC and Section 67 of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act that accuses the Congress leader of defaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a democratically elected leader, by calling him a ‘thief’.
“An FIR was registered against Divya Spandana under the Information Technology Act and relevant sections of the IPC,” said Gomtinagar SHO DP Tiwari.
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— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) September 24, 2018
The FIR was lodged on a complaint by lawyer Syed Rizwan Ahmed, who alleged that Spandana tweeted an “utterly insulting” post against the prime minister, he said.
Thank you guys for extending your support and for those who didn’t like the tweet, well, what can I say? Will keep it ‘classy’ next time
India should do away with the sedition law, it’s archaic and misused.
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— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) September 26, 2018
In the complaint, Ahmed alleged that the post had the “potential to instigate hatred against Modi”, the official added.
There was no immediate comment by the Congress.