Comment on Sharad Pawar, Marathi actress Ketki Chitale in custody
A case has been registered against Marathi actress Ketki Chitale for sharing a “derogatory” post on Facebook against NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Ketki Chitale has been taken into custody by the police. The post targeting Pawar was allegedly written by someone else. But Chitale shared it and it went viral. There is no direct mention of the full name of the NCP chief in the post made in Marathi. But it mentions the surname Mr Pawar and the age of 80. The NCP chief is 81 years old. Its title was – hell is waiting and comments like “You hate Brahmins” are part of a post that purportedly criticizes the veteran leader whose party shares power in Maharashtra with Shiv Sena and Congress .
A case was registered against Chitale at Thane’s Kalwa police station on Saturday based on a complaint by Swapnil Netke, alleging that Ketki had made objectionable posts against Pawar, and from his post, a police officer said. Relations between two political parties in the state may deteriorate. Sections 500 (defamation), 501 (printing or engraving of matter known to be defamatory) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Chitale, 505 (2) (making any statement, rumor or report promoting enmity, Publishing or transmitting) a case was registered. Hatred or ill-will between classes), section 153A (spreading disharmony among people) has been imposed. Meanwhile, in Pune, the NCP handed over a letter to the police demanding action against Chitale for his post. NCP’s Pune city unit president Prashant Jagtap said Chitale’s social media post is defamatory. He has defamed Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule in the post. This post can create unrest, which is why we have given a letter to the cyber police, urging them to take action against her.” The NCP also demanded that the actress be arrested for this post. Cyber Crime Police Station Inspector Dagdu Hek said, “After NCP’s letter, we are in the process of registering a case against the actress.
Will register offenses in “at least 100-200” police stations of Maharashtra in respect of posts belonging to NCP.
Jitendra Awhad, Minister, Government of Maharashtra
Some NCP leaders also demanded to link BJP and RSS for such remarks being made against Pawar on social media. He said NCP workers will not tolerate such “disgusting” comments about their leader. Those who want to endure, they will tolerate. But we feel uncomfortable reading something like this. Society will feel uncomfortable. “Our youth in Maharashtra will go to at least 100-200 police stations and register cases… He (Sharad Pawar) is the father of the family – that is, NCP,” he said. She is everything to us and such lewd comments are made about her.
Immediate action should be taken. It doesn’t matter if she is an actress, actor or a minister. He has no right to make such a statement.
– Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister of Maharashtra Government
NCP spokesperson Clyde Cresto said the actress learned from BJP leaders in Maharashtra that the best way to get “cheap and free publicity” is to make derogatory statements against Pawar. Cresto tweeted, they (BJP leaders) all tried and failed, this woman will feel the same way. Hope God will give him some sensitivity. Maharashtra State Commission for Women Chairperson Rupali Chakankar told reporters in Nagpur, “This criticism is condemnable… they should not indulge in such criticism.” NCP’s women’s wing’s Maharashtra unit chief Vidya Chavan also said action would be taken against the actress and blamed the RSS for youths making such remarks about Pawar on social media.