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Orkut user arrested for posting obscene content about Sonia Gandhi

Pune Police has arrested a 22-year-old IT professional Rahul Krishnakumar Vaid from Gurgaon, near Delhi, for posting derogatory content about Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi on an Orkut community named — “I hate Sonia Gandhi”. If proved guilty, Rahul Vaid could be imprisoned for up to five years and may have to pay a fine up to Rs one lakh.

Pune Police has arrested a 22-year-old IT professional Rahul Krishnakumar Vaid from Gurgaon, near Delhi, for posting derogatory content about Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi on an Orkut community named — “I hate Sonia Gandhi”. If proved guilty, Rahul Vaid could be imprisoned for up to five years and may have to pay a fine up to Rs one lakh.

Interestingly, the person who formed the community is not guilty as per the law. According to the police, hating Sonia Gandhi is a personal opinion of the person who formed the community and having a personal opinion about someone is not an offence as per the law. But posting obscene content about a person is.

Amol Bhokare, a Congress activist from Pune had lodged a complaint with Deccan Gymkhana police station against unknown persons in December 2007. During investigations, the cyber crime cell of Pune Police asked Google, owner of social networking site Orkut, about the details of the person who had posted the obscene content about Sonia Gandhi. And then it was found that the message had been circulated through an email address RahulVaidIndia@gmail.com. Rahul Vaid was later traced to Gurgaon in Haryana. [Source: ExpressIndia]

Defending its action Google has said the company supports the free expression of its users and is committed to protecting user privacy. But like all law-abiding companies, it complies with local laws and valid legal process, such as court orders and subpoenas. [Source: PCWorld]

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