UP Police books Google’s Sundar Pichai, others over video ‘defaming’ Modi, removes names from FIR later

UP police had registered a case against Google CEO Sundar Pichai and 17 others for making indecent remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the names of Google executives were later removed from the case. A police officer said that the names of the three officers of Google and Pichai have been removed from the FIR after investigation.

According to Varanasi police, the FIR was lodged after a complaint by a local resident who claimed that more than 8,500 threatening calls were received on his mobile phone after objecting to the video. The video was first released in a WhatsApp group and was later uploaded to YouTube. Later, this video was also seen on YouTube more than five million times.

FIR lodged against Sundar Pichai

Apart from Sundar Pichai, who hails from the US, the FIR lodged at the Bhelupur police station on February 6 included the names of three other Google India officials, including Sanjay Kumar Gupta, the others named in the FIR. At the moment, there is no response from Google in this matter.

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The FIR also names a musician from Ghazipur district who allegedly composed the video song. The FIR has been registered under sections 504 (intentional libel with intent to breach peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), 500 (defamation), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. According to the FIR, charges have also been made against the accused under Section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material) of the Information Technology Act.

An official of Bhelupur police station said, “The names of Google’s officers were removed from the FIR on the same day as it was revealed that they were not involved in the case. Investigations are underway at other points. ‘

Source: PTI

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