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Lucknow lawyer files FIR against Facebook alleging unfair blocking of profile

Lucknow-based lawyer and social activist named
Prince Lenin had lodged a first information report (FIR) against Facebook on
Sunday, after his profile was blocked.  The
report was filed at the ‘cyber crime cell’ of the Lucknow police, according to The
Times of India
. In his complaint, Lenin alleged that although he had long been
a user of Facebook, his profile was recently blocked by the site without so

Lucknow-based lawyer and social activist named
Prince Lenin had lodged a first information report (FIR) against Facebook on
Sunday, after his profile was blocked.  The
report was filed at the ‘cyber crime cell’ of the Lucknow police, according to The
Times of India
. In his complaint, Lenin alleged that although he had long been
a user of Facebook, his profile was recently blocked by the site without so
much as informing him or spelling out the reasons for such “one sided and
unfair action.”

The in-charge of the cyber cell of the
police, Dinesh Yadav, confirmed that an FIR had been lodged under Sections 66
and 84 of the Cyber Crime Information Act.  Anyone found guilty under these provisions
could face up to three years in jail.

Alleging that blocking his profile on the
site was against the natural law of justice, the complainant claimed that even
though he had brought the matter to the notice of Facebook, he was told that
several complaints were pending against him from other users of the site. The
complainant said that his profile was blocked between Nov 11 and 13.

Lenin also alleged that the complaints against
him were made by “anti-social elements” out to defame him, as they
were rattled by his work in the social sector, since he had been filing public
interest litigations (PILs) against the “high and mighty”.

“I filed a PIL in the multicrore National Rural
Health Mission scam. I had been using Facebook to speak my mind in the matter
and inform people that I smell conspiracy,” Lenin said.

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