The Hush Post| 5:03 pm|one-minute-read|
Payal Rohatgi, Bollywood starlet, was arrested and sent to judicial custody for another eight days by a local court in Rajasthan today.
The Bundi District Court had earlier rejected Rohatgi’s bail plea.
Her lawyer is planning an appeal against that rejection.
On Sunday Rohatgi was arrested from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. She was arrested by Rajasthan Police team. This was in connection with a case pertaining to posting of allegedly objectionable content about the Nehru-Gandhi family.
She has been booked under relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indian Penal Code. Rohatgi had, earlier this month, been served a notice that she had failed to answer. Which is why a police team to detain her.
Arguing for Payal Rohatgi, lawyer Bhupedra Saxena told the court his client had freedom of expression that was guaranteed under the Constitution.
“Freedom of expression is a right guaranteed under the Constitution and whatever Payal Rohatgi said was not something of her own volition… she was quoting from MO Mathai’s book,” he said.
In response Dinesh Parekh, appearing for the complainant.- the Congress’s Charmesh Sharma – reminded the court Rohatgi had posted scurrilous content about members of the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Payal Rohatgi said she made the video in which allegedly objectionable content was floated on the internet. This happened at a time when a discussion on ‘triple talaq‘ was happening in parliament.
A case had earlier been registered by Rajasthan Youth Congress General Secretary Charmesh Sharma. In his complaint Sharma alleged the content tarnished the image of the country. As per him, it also spread vulgarity and religious hatred, besides disgracing a woman’s character.
The content had been posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on September 6 and again on September 21.