Thursday, August 10, 2017

More trouble in store for RTI activist

Times of India: Cuttack: Thursday, August 10, 2017.
RTI activist Jayanta Das, who was recently convicted in a cyberporn case in Puri, could be in for more trouble. The police are planning to seek his remand in connection with a case registered against him at Lalbag police station here in 2016 for allegedly posting derogatory remarks against Puri Gajapati and another person on a social networking site.
To initiate investigation in the case, the police have appealed before the Puri court that they be allowed to bring Das to Cuttack. Accordingly, Das was produced before the court of sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) here on Tuesday but the judge posted the matter for hearing on August 19. Das, meanwhile, had filed a bail petition but it was rejected, following which he was sent to Puri jail.
The case was registered against Das under Sections 292 (obscene text), 295A (malicious act to outrage religious feeling) and 504 (insult to breach peace) of the IPC and 67 of Information Technology Act, but the police were so far not able to proceed with the investigation. "But following his conviction in the Puri case, the police will now start probe into the case," government lawyer Biswajit Baral said. tnn
Das had allegedly posted defamatory comments against Puri Gajapati Maharaj on Facebook. He had allegedly used offensive language like land grabber, fraud and joker against the Puri king without evidence, which was opposed to by a Cuttack-based lawyer Jaya Sankar Acharya.
Following the lawyer's reply, Das had allegedly passed some comments insulting Acharya's late father, who was in the Army. Taking note of it, Acharya had lodged an FIR with the cyber cell of the crime branch. The crime branch in July 2016 had referred the matter to Lalbag police station for investigation.