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Police invoke 66A after Net comment

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb. 25: Kerala police have registered a case under the information technology act for alleged defamatory comments against a Congress leader who said she had merely voiced the party’s stand on Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson P.J. Kurien in the Suryanelli sex scandal.

“A complaint was received from Mahila Congress leader Bindu Krishna. After a preliminary inquiry it was forwarded to the cyber crime police station for registration of a case and further action,” the assistant commissioner in charge of the cyber crime cell told The Telegraph.

Police sources said they were trying to identify the user who uploaded the “abusive” comments and had tracked over 160 people who shared or tagged it. “The uploader does not seem to be a genuine profile and we have sought the help of Facebook in identifying him,” a source said.

The case has been booked under Section 66A of the IT act, which deals with sending false or offensive messages through communication services.

Krishna said she had lodged a complaint on February 4 after a friend “forwarded” the link of the comment. “From the day I aired the party view, I had noted there were critical comments being made. But I took all that as political satire. But what I saw on February 4 was outrageous and I felt offended as a woman.”

Home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the victim and her family had “other legal options” before them. “But why are they not exploring them and instead insisting that the government take action? That is where we need to be careful,” he said.