MUMBAI: An FIR was registered against Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya on charges of public obscenity and outraging modesty of a woman following a complaint was lodged by Aam Aadmi Party leader Preeti Sharma Menon at the Cyber Cell.
In her complaint, Menon said that she had tweeted to the Mumbai Police Commissioner about Bhattacharya’s use of “obscene” language on social media towards a woman journalist.
The trouble had started after Ms Swati Chaturvedi and a newspaper editor-in-chief, Rifat Jawaid objected against a post of the singer regarding the murder of an Infosys techie in Chennai. In his post, Abhijeet had tweeted saying the murder was a result of love jihad.
Ms Chaturvedi responded that the alleged murderer was a man called Ramkumar and he has been arrested. She further said:.
Journalist Swati Chaturvedi had responded to Abhijeet ranting tweet on Pakistan and said: “Abhijeet is jealous of Pakistani singers who took his mediocre career! Even tried to incite SS against them!.”
This drew obscene tweets from singer who foul-mouthed at the journalist, drawing backlash from other tweeps.
A case has been registered under IPC section 500 (punishment for defamation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of Indian Penal Code.
The singer had recently sparked controversy by tweeting that the murder of an Infosys techie in Chennai was the result of “love jihad”. However, when a Delhi-based journalist objected to his tweet, the singer had allegedly replied with abusive comments.