According to NDTV, the Kerala Cyber Police have questioned 120 people with regards to their Facebook activity. However, Times Of India at the same time has also reported that 111 people have been booked under the section 66A of IT Act for posting and sharing alleged defamatory remarks against Bindu Krishna, an advocate and Congress leader who spoke in defence of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien.
The Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, these days, is one of the most talked about ministers for his alleged involvement in Suryanelli rape case. The victim Suryanelli who was abducted and raped by 42 men, over 40 days in 1996, has claimed that Mr Kurien was among them.
The complaint was filed by Bindu Krishna before the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and which was finally handed to the officials of the State Hitech Crime Inquiry Cell. However, the police are yet to take any action against the people who had shared the content on Facebook and are only questioning a few of them. However, if anyone is found guilty under the booked act then the accused can fetch a jail term of three years.
In 2012 and 2013, we have witnessed several cases where netizens have been pushed behind the bars under the section 66A of IT act. Last year the Chennai City Police arrested an associate professor at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and detained another person, working in the Tirupur Collectorate, for harassing singer Chinmayi Sripada on Twitter. But what is interesting is that the number of people sharing the content is now being said to reach 2000 by The Times Of India. So will the cops book the 2000 people?
We will update the post as we come across exact numbers and other developments in this case.