Facebook post case in court

Cuttack, Oct. 13: The Court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM), Cuttack, has accepted the chargesheet of Lalbag police against a person for posting "derogatory" remarks against lord Jagannath and Puri king Dibyasingh Deb on Facebook a year ago.

Lalbag police station inspector-in-charge Debadutta Baral filed the 67-page chargesheet yesterday. The accused, incidentally, is serving a jail sentence in a case of cyber offence.

"The SDJM, Cuttack, Bijay Kumar Das, accepted the chargesheet against Jayant Das of Puri town under sections 292 (obscene text), 295A (malicious act to outrage religious feeling) and 504 (insult to breach peace) of the IPC and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act," assistant public prosecutor Biswajit Baral said today.

"The chargesheet was submitted along with the Facebook post and the laptop that had been seized from the accused. Five witnesses have been named in the case," Baral said.

The accused had allegedly posted obscene remarks about the Puri king and lord Jagannath on Facebook in July 2016.

Jayasankar Acharya, lawyer, had lodged an FIR with the cyber cell of the CID-crime branch on the post on Facebook. The CID-crime branch had referred the matter to the Lalbag police the same month for investigation.

However, Lalbag police had not been able to proceed with the investigation because the accused was facing trial in a case of cyber offence in the court of the SDJM, Puri. Investigation was taken up after completion of trial, conviction and sentencing in the cyber crime case on August 4. Subsequently, Lalbag police completed probe and filed the chargesheet after finding against the accused a case of allegedly maligning the reputation of Gajapati Maharaja of Puri and making malicious attempt to outrage the religious feelings of Hindus.


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