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FIR Against Payal Rohatgi for Allegedly Defamatory Video Against Nehru-Gandhi Family

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A case has been registered against actress Payal Rohatgi in Pune for allegedly using objectionable words against the Nehru-Gandhi family in a video shared on social media. The cyber police in Pune city have registered a case against her for allegedly creating a defamatory video on the Nehru-Gandhi family and circulating it on social media, an official said on Wednesday. Based on a complaint lodged by a local Congress leader, the cyber police on Tuesday registered a case under sections 153 (promoting enmity between two groups), 500 (punishment for defamation), 505 (2) (statements conducting public mischief) of the IPC, the official said.

As per the complaint, the actor along with an unidentified person allegedly created a defamatory video about Mahatma Gandhi, former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and other members of the Gandhi family and circulated it on social media. Taking note of the video, Congress leader Sangita Tiwari and office-bearers of the party’s Pune city unit approached the police demanding that an offence be registered against Rohatgi, the official added.

In this case, the complaint has been filed against Payal for one of her recent posts. Pune City Congress spokesperson Ramesh Iyer was quoted by Indian Express as saying, “Payal Rohatgi has repeatedly made derogatory comments about the Nehru Gandhi family. We came across one such post, which we believe has been made recently. Subsequently, the office-bearers of the Pune City Congress committee, including Ramesh Bagwe, Mohan Joshi, Datta Bahirat, Sangeeta Tiwari and myself, met senior police officials from the cyber crime cell. A formal complaint in the case was given by Sangeet Tiwari. The police have acted on it and a case has been registered at Shivaji Nagar police station.”

This is not the first time that Payal has landed in legal trouble for a post on social media. She has been booked earlier in different police jurisdictions in the country and has faced action following registration of cases. In June 2021, Payal was arrested by the Satellite Police in Ahmedabad on Friday for threatening and hurling abuse at the chairman of her society on social media. Rohatgi was later released on bail.

(With PTI inputs)

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