Autumn Power | Ketki Chitale: ‘Offensive’ post against Sharad Pawar: Actor

A Maharashtra court on Wednesday remanded Marathi actor Ketki Chitale in judicial custody for allegedly sharing an offensive post on social media about NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Chitale, 29, a film and TV actress, was arrested by police in Thane last Saturday on charges of sharing a post on her Facebook page.

A court on Sunday remanded him in police custody till May 18.

On Wednesday, Thane Crime Branch officials produced Chitale before a magistrate who remanded him in magisterial custody.

A police official said they had completed an investigation into the case, which was registered here.

On Sunday, Pune cyber police, who have also filed a case against Chital, said they would seek custody of the actor after his remand expires with the Thane police.

Earlier, the actor was sued for posting online in Mumbai, Akola and Dhule districts.

The cases were registered under sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 500 (defamation), 501 (subject of printing or engraving which is known as defamation), 505 (2) (making, publishing or disseminating any statement, spreading rumors). Or report animosity, hatred, or ill will among the classes) and 153 A (spreading discord among people), police said.

The post that Chital shared was in verse form, allegedly written by someone else.

It contains phrases such as “Hell awaits” and “You hate Brahmins”, referring to Power in the allegation, whose party has shared power in Maharashtra with Shiv Sena and Congress.

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