Following the arrest of actor Ajaz Khan for allegedly uploading communally sensitive videos on TikTok, a Mumbai Court on July 20, 2019, has sent him to judicial custody for 14 days.
On July 18, 2019, the Cyber police arrested Mr. Khan and subsequently produced him before a magistrate’s court, which sent him to police custody till July 20, 2019. Later, when he was produced before the magistrate, the magistrate sent him to judicial custody for 14 days.
According to reports, the arrest came after a written complaint was submitted by Ramesh Solanki, a Shiv Sena worker, regarding two videos that the actor uploaded on July 9, 2019.
“The first video was regarding the alleged lynching of Jharkhand native Tabrez Ansari, in which he was inciting an entire community to unite and exact revenge. Mr. Khan was also seen making insulting statements about political leaders of the country in the same video. Meanwhile, the second video, he was mocking the police machinery for registering an FIR against five Tik Tok users who made a similar inflammatory video earlier this month,” a senior officer with the Mumbai Police said.
After verifying the contents of the complaint, the police on July 17, 2019, registered the FIR in the matter and called Mr. Khan to the Cyber police station at Bandra Kurla Complex for inquiries on July 18, 2019, where he was arrested.
“We found the videos had objectionable content mainly promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion and hatred among public at large,” Mumbai Police spokesperson, DCP Manjunath Singe, said.
The actor has been charged with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, along with relevant sections of the Information Technology Act, 2000.