Bollywood actress Payal Rohatgi has been detained by the Bundi Police on Sunday for passing objectionable comments against the family of freedom fighter Motilal Nehru. The actress herself confirmed the news 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.''
Youth Congress leader Charmesh Sharma filed a complaint against Rohtagi who is known for controversial statements on social media. Confirming the news SP Mamta Gupta said, "Payal Rohatgi has been detained. Case registered."
Rajasthan: Model & actress Payal Rohatgi detained by Bundi police, allegedly for her comment on former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. SP Mamta Gupta says, "Payal Rohatgi has been detained. Case registered." pic.twitter.com/KkKxXDwpgA— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2019
Earlier in a post, Payal had alleged that Motilal Nehru had 5 wives. She had made this claim quoting a biography of M.O. Mathai written by Edina Ramakrishna. Mathai was an Indian Civil Service officer and had served as the Private Secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Earlier in June, Rohtagi was under fire for allegedly making derogatory statements for Maratha leader Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had called for action against her, saying that the actor made an outrageous statement against Shivaji. In a letter to the Mumbai Police, the NCP wrote that Rohtagi’s tweet intended to foment tension in the society. A day earlier a Mumbai-based lawyer filed a complaint against Rohtagi demanding that a case be registered for “spreading communal hatred through her social media posts”.