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Man arrested for making 'abusive' Facebook comment on Modi

31 Octobre 2017

Deccan Chronicle reports that the Srivilliputhur police have arrested the young fan who launched a verbal attack on the prime minister using the social media screen name of Sachin Thiru.

The Srivilliputhur town police arrested Thirumurugan (19), an engineering diploma holder based on the complaint from Marimuthu, BJP, Virudhunagar district secretary.

Thirumurugan was arrested following a complaint by a local BJP functionary after he commented on a Facebook post by his friend which related to Vijay-starrer Tamil film Mersal, they said. "Mersal", starring actor Vijay depicted these in the movie.

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Police booked Thirumurugan under Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) and remanded him to judicial custody after producing him in the magistrate court in Srivilliputhur.

The ongoing tussle between the BJP and Vijay fans started after the BJP leaders took opposed the actor's recently released Mersal for its critical comments on demonetisation and the recently implemented Goods and Service Tax (GST).

"This is a democracy and people have their right to freedom of expression, and this applies to films as well", a division bench comprising Justices MM Sundresh and M Sundar observed dismissing the plea by advocate A Ashvathaman.

Man arrested for making 'abusive' Facebook comment on Modi