An Imphal court on Tuesday sent a 22-year-old man to 15 days in judicial custody for leaving a ‘derogatory’ comment on a social media post by Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh.
As per the court order, Nongmaithem Boboy Singh, son of N Saratkumar Singh of Takyel Khongbal Maning Leikai, Imphal West, was arrested on September 19 for his ‘Modi gi thi Sengo Yenge’ comment, which can be roughly translated to ‘clean Modi’s faeces, and we’ll watch’.
The said comment came in response to a Facebook post by the Manipur CM, glorifying a cleanliness drive carried out as part of prime minister Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrations.
Nongmaithem Boboy Singh was booked under section 505 (2) of the CrPC or intent to create enmity, hatred or ill will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or caste or communities, the Frontier Manipur reported.
Boboy was produced before Imphal West Chief Judicial Magistrate Y Somorjit Singh through video conferencing. The chief magistrate observed that the comment made by the accused on a social media post was “derogatory in nature and seems to show the hatred or ill-will of the accused against an elected representative of the State”.
“It could also be mentioned that a public figure and an elected representative of a state of his stature might have multiple followers on social media. And out of the followers some might stand for him and others might stand against him,” he added.
The CJM observed that the accused, without contemplating the effect his comment might cause between the two classes/groups of followers, made an irresponsible and derogatory comment at the very Facebook page of the Manipur CM N Biren Singh.
“In my considered opinion, this cannot be overlooked as it may create a negative precedent and may cause more harm than good. As such, I find it proper to allow the prayer for remanding the accused into judicial custody for smooth investigation of the case,” said the CJM, remanding the accused into judicial custody with direction for his production on October 5, 2021.
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