Bollywood actress Payal Rohatgi was detained by the Rajasthan police on Sunday from her Ahmedabad residence for interrogation in a case relating to alleged objectionable content against the Nehru-Gandhi family on social media. The actress has been sent to eight-day judicial custody by a local court in Bandi. The actress herself confirmed the news of arrest on Twitter. The case has been registered under Sections 66 & 67 of IT Act.
Tagging the PMO and HMO, Rohatgi wrote: ''I am arrested by @PoliceRajasthan for making a video on #MotilalNehru which I made from taking information from Google. Freedom of Speech is a joke. @PMOIndia @HMOIndia.'' Bundi SP Mamta Gupta told PTI, "Police on Sunday morning detained Payal Rohatgi from her residence in Amhadabad for interrogation in a case under the IT Act. She is being brought to Bundi for interrogation."
The SP said since the actress was not cooperating in investigation, a police team was bringing her to Bundi. "Our team was there (in Ahmadabad) for investigation in the case against her but she was not cooperating," the SP said, adding her formal arrest was likely to be made after interrogation.
Rajasthan: Model & actress Payal Rohatgi who was arrested by Police over her comment on former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, has been sent to eight day judicial custody by a local court in Bundi pic.twitter.com/6bFm2onRvG— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2019
Charmesh Sharma, general secretary of the Rajasthan Youth Congress, had filed a police complaint against Rohatgi at the Sadar police station in Bundi on October 2. In his complaint, Sharma alleged that Rohatgi posted “obnoxious and controversial” content against the the Nehru-Gandhi family on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts on September 6 and September 21 this year.
Sharma had alleged in the complaint against the actress that the objectionable content tarnished the image of the country and spread vulgarity, religious hatred besides disgracing a woman's character.