Twitter’s India chief Manish Maheshwari has been named in an FIR in Uttar Pradesh over an incorrect map of India on its website, which showed Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as a separate country. This is the second FIR against Twitter this month in UP as troubles grow for the social media giant in the midst of its standoff with the government.
The distorted map – displayed in the “Tweep Life” section of Twitter’s website – was removed Monday following a huge backlash after it was flagged by a user.
“This act of treason has been committed intentionally and action should be taken,” reads the complaint filed by right-wing group Bajrang Dal’s leader Praveen Bhati. The case has been filed under Section 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code (creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) and Section 74 of IT (Amendment) Act 2008.
Amrita Tripathi, who also works with Twitter India, has also been named in the complaint filed in UP’s Bulandshahr, about 100 km from Delhi. She tweeted a clarification on her role, hours after the complaint was filed.