Payal Rohtagi arrested; Reema, Koena come to her support

Actress Payal Rohatgi was detained by Rajasthan Police from her Ahmedabad residence on Sunday allegedly for her comment on former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

“Payal Rohatgi has been detained.  (A) case (has been)registered,” said SP Mamta Gupta. A police team led by an Inspector rank official has detained her. She is likely to be produced in Court on Monday.

The actress was booked by the Bundi police under the IT Act on October 10 for the objectionable content against Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and other members of the family.

She was served a notice earlier this month and told to furnish a reply in this connection. “Police on Sunday morning detained Payal Rohatgi from her residence in Ahmedabad for interrogation in a case under the IT Act. She is being brought to Bundi for interrogation,” SP Mamta Gupta said.

She posted on social media: “I am arrested by @PoliceRajasthan for making a video on #MotilalNehru which I made from taking information from @google 😡 Freedom of Speech is a joke 🙏 @PMOIndia @HMOIndia.”

On December 5, a notice has been given to actress Payal Rohtagi for allegedly posting an objectionable video related to former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. “Rajasthan Youth Congress general secretary Charmesh Sharma has filed a complaint stating Payal Rohtagi has posted an objectionable video about JL Nehru, Indira Gandhi on Facebook on September 1.

Director Reema Kagti expressed her opinion and said that she never agreed with Payal but that’s no reason to arrest someone in a democracy. She wrote, “Have never agreed with anything #PayalRohatgi has said. Think she’s stupid. But that’s no reason to arrest someone in a democracy. @ashokgehlot51 @SachinPilot #FreedomOfSpeech”

Actress Koena Mitra expressed her anger and wrote, “Change your name to Hafiz Sayeed for an hour, Cong dogs will salute you. Shame on Cong govt @INCIndia #FreedomOfSpeech #VeerSavarkar #LoserRahul”