The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought registration of an FIR against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for disclosing the identity of the victim in the case of alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old Dalit girl at the crematorium in Old Nangal village of Delhi Cantt. Issued a notice to Twitter and summoned a reply. Rahul Gandhi had allegedly shared a picture of the deceased and his parents on social media platforms.
Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh refused to issue notices to Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Police on the PIL, saying they were only issuing notices to Twitter. The Bench said that we are making it clear that we are not issuing notices to other respondents. We are only issuing notice to Respondent No. 4 (Twitter).
Along with this, the bench fixed November 30 as the next date for hearing the matter. Senior advocate Sajan Poovayya, appearing for Twitter, told the court that Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was suspended and the tweet on which the case was registered was removed as it violated Twitter’s policy. Senior advocate R.S. on behalf of Rahul Gandhi. Cheema and advocate Tarannum Cheema appeared.
Social activist and petitioner Makrand Suresh Mahadelkar has alleged in the petition that by posting a picture of the deceased girl with her parents, Rahul Gandhi has violated the Minor Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act. POCSO) was violated.
Mahadalekar, who filed the petition through advocate Gautam Jha, alleged that Gandhi was trying to take political mileage out of the unfortunate incident. The petition also sought initiation of appropriate legal action against Gandhi by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Significantly, the minor Dalit girl died under suspicious circumstances on August 1, while her parents alleged that the last time she was raped and murdered by a crematorium priest in south-west Delhi’s Old Nangal village. The rite was performed.