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Thackeray Facebook Post : Magistrate Transferred, Two Cops Suspended


Mumbai, Nov 27 (PTI) : A week after two girls were arrested for a Facebook post on Mumbai shutdown for Bal Thackeray's funeral, the Bombay High Court has transferred the magistrate who had sent them to judicial custody and later granted them bail.

The transfer orders were issued yesterday by the Registrar of the High Court following which it was communicated to the Home Department, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Judicial Magistrate First Class R G Bagade.

The order said, "Judicial Magistrate First Class at Palghar R G Bagade is hereby transferred in the same position to Jalgaon with immediate effect."

The girls-- Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan-- were arrested last Monday after Dadha posted a Facebook status lamenting the Mumbai shutdown for Thackeray's funeral on November 18 and Renu 'liked' it.

They were arrested under IPC sections 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 505(2) IPC (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) and the IT ACT.

Later, the girls were produced before the magistrate, who sent them to judicial custody and later granted them bail on Rs 15,000 each.

The incident had sparked off a debate in legal circles with some lawyers opining that instead of being granted bail, the girls should have been discharged from the case as they were booked under wrong charges.


Two senior cops suspended


The Maharashtra government today suspended two police officers, including a Superintendent of Police, following the row over the arrest of two girls from Palghar in neighbouring Thane district for a Facebook post on the shutdown in Mumbai for Bal Thackeray‘s funeral.

SP (Thane rural) Ravindra Sengaonkar and senior police inspector Shrikant Pingle have been suspended in the case, state’s Home Minister R R Patil told reporters. He said action has been taken after obtaining legal advice.

“There was no need to charge the girls under wrong sections,” Patil said, adding that there was no need to take hasty action (against the girls).

The girls Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan, both 21-years-old, were arrested after Dhada had lamented in a Facebook post the November 18 shutdown due to Thackeray’s funeral. Shrinivasan had ‘liked’ the post.

Though Dhada didn’t name Thackeray, the local Sena leader complained against the girls and police arrested the duo on 19 November, sparing an outrage.

On 20 November, police arrested the vandals who had damaged Shaheen’s uncle’s hospital on 18 November, despite her removing the post and apologising that day itself.

 

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  • Yogesh, Bombay

    Thu, Nov 29 2012

    Vincy,Bangkok is 100% right! Sadanand,Suratkal is 200% right and i'm 300% right that BT didn't do much for the true upliftment of 'marathi manoos' either !!! Like Hitler he demanded respect(ppl thr gave due to fear) but Mahatma Gandhiji commanded respect due to his great virtues.

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  • George D'Souza, MAngalore

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    I WAS IN MUMBAI ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY WHEN THE FUNERAL TOOK PLACE.I HAVE SEEN HOW THE PEOPLE HAD TO BE INSIDE....FINALLY SOME KIND OF CONSOLATION TO THESE YOUNG GIRLS WHO SPOKE THE TRUTH IN THE FACEBOOK

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  • Stephen, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    Can I click on 'Agree', for comments, supporitng two girls, who posted their views on facebook regarding Thackrey's funeral ???

    Time has come, we need to ask for advise to express our views.

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  • Arun, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    Its seems to be Freedom of Speech reserved only for politicians and mighty one. For Aam Admi it is taboo and wrote in books only.

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  • Vincy, Bangkok

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    Dear,Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai,please make it short and say you justify the bundh or not thats all..be a shetty..I openly oppose it..dont be like shekar suman,who made big shows but always scared of the old cat and never made a single mock of him.

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  • Sadanand, Surathkal

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    Mr. Vincy Bangkok , you are 100% right. People who have not stayed in Mumbai may not be knowing the true colours of that person. He was primarily an anti Kannadiga , it may be Belgaum or Udupi Hotels in Maharashtra. People had fear of him than respect.

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  • srikanth, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    why indian police giving this much importance to FACEBOOK !!!!!!! in internet there lot of website orkut twiter etc u will check that also, may all most 50% of Indians have account u will arrest everyone wht?? it is the highest stupidity of police,they would have asked girls to remove the post and send them to home matter finish no FIR no case.
    if any post against national flag than police has to act quick ...

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  • RK, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    late but good moves by MAHARASHTRA GOVT

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    There are two things we have to learn from this incident. First of all, these two girls should have abstained themselves for making any comments regarding Mumbai Bandh observed due to Thackeray’s death. Just imagine if somebody died in their family and we made any unwanted or absurd comments regarding homage paid to those person and how could have retaliated by their family members and well wishers? Same way, Thackeray Family has more friends and well wishers than foes and by keeping one day Mumbai Bandh, sky is not going to fall, rather people would enjoy their holiday with their family and friends back at home. Secondly, Police should not have taken such an over enthusiasm action just because to show sympathy with Thackeray Family Members or Shiv Sena Followers. People may talk about one day bandh affect on Market, GDP, etc. But same time we have to be happy that at least one day revenue has been saved from those corrupt Officials and Politicians siphoning public money on daily basis. The truth is one day everybody departs from this beautiful earth as & when their call comes from GOD. We have to wait & watch if somebody dies in Congress Top Leaders Family at Delhi due to natural death and somebody makes same comments like this girl made for Mumbai Bandh, will our Police spare anyone?

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  • Krishna, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    Dear Rakesh Shetty, for u bala saheb may be a great leader but you should not forget that he was convicted by the High Court and his civil liberties were stripped for 4-5 years. The dead body of such convicted person was covered with our national flag. Such is our courage to face the goondaism. More over u have forgotten that Kannadigas were driven out of Mumbai due to his hate compaign.

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  • Vincy, Bangkok

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    Rakesh shetty, mangalore, either you are not aware or you are scared of the dead tiger. The so called teeth less tiger created havoc for shetty’s bars in Dadar area and later withdraw due to powerful bunts and billawaas came forward to drive away the monkey army.In what way he is genuine and able leader?.Due to their three years rule, whole Mumbai lost thousands of spacious bus stops stands.The sena activists turned them into ‘junka bakar kendr’ and took over all government land in the name of creating jobs for the sons of soil.
    Thousands of sena activists became unions leaders and caused losses for many organizations like Air India-Indian air lines.The whole Marathi workers are lazy to work and can work only from 9 to 5pm.The Bombay is Mumbai and still standing strong not because of Bal Thakray but because of Mangalore and Gujrathi people who contributed so much to Mumbai economy.

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  • Irshad Shaikh, Udupi/Dubai

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    National media has played very important role in providing justice to these girls. Thanks to all news channells who highlighted this whole episode.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    Good decision, India is not for political Raj. Remember this is republic country.

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    GOOD MOVE WELL DONE.

    THOSE WHO MAKE FUN AGAINST OUR GREAT LATE LEADER THACKERAYJI THEY MUST BE PUNISHED.

    INDIANS MUST SHOW RESPECT FOR THACKERAYJI. HE WAS A GENUINE TRUE LEADER. INDIA NEED MORE LEADER LIKE HIM TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY. JAI HO.

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  • Rima , Mangalore/KSA

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    It's none of our business to deal with or comment on the country we are residing. As fare as you live legally you won't face any kind of problem here. We are surrounded with so many people, so critical of this country, still enjoying a luxurious life and earning thousands of Riyals with out any fear or discrimination, but never thankful to this country or it's rulers. Unfortunately when it comes to comment on this country their thinking is always negative!

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  • kevin, dubai

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    Hats off to maharshtra Govt. hats off to R.R. patil I appreciate both of them to take the drastic ecision that's called freedom of speach...

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  • J Dal, BVR

    Wed, Nov 28 2012

    I do not understand why the transfer for magistrate and suspension for cops !!!! Should have suspended the magistrate in fact dismissed him being magistrate...

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  • Maxim Mathias, Shirva, Dubai

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Shiva Sena's followers are following their teacher Bal Thackeray's bad lessons which is not acceptable. But the common people's party Congress is doing a very good job in India as well as in Maharashtra.

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  • Louis D'Souza, Kuwait

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    I am a great admirer of Balasaheb Thakre. He is my favourite. I prayed for his good health when he was sick breathing his last. When I posted comments on Facebook for his good health, so many posted dirty comments n were wishing his death. I want to know if those guys they were not arrested? These two girls just questioned about bandh were arrested for no reason. Their uncles clinic was ransacked. That's not the way to pay tribute to Balasaheb! Twenty lacks fans attended his funeral in such a peaceful procession. Action taken by Govt is absolutely right. Justice should be done with girls.

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  • Antony Fernandes, Mangalore / USA

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Do we have freedom or we should leave under the fear of these political parties/police/ magistrate(he also don't no the law!) gundas Rawdees etc etc?????

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  • irfan, udupi

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    phir dil hai hindustani, just surprise on all developments,first arrest, then thodh phodh on hospital, then release of girls, arrested culprits ( naam ke wasthe ) , now suspend and transfer. lets see what is next....

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    These young girls were arrested under IPC sections 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 505(2) IPC (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) and the IT ACT. It is absurd to say that protesting against the bundh hurts religious sentiments. Under Article 19 of our Constitution, freedom of speech is guaranteed fundamental right. We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship. In fact, this arrest itself appears to be a criminal act since under sections 341 and 342, it is a crime to wrongfully arrest or wrongfully confine someone who has committed no crime.
    If people lose trust on the police and the judiciary then there is nothing left to tackle the corrupt political cartels, the emotional terrorists and the big bullies who had openly destroyed the hospital of the girl's uncle.
    Even I feel that respect is earned, not given and definitely not forced. That day Mumbai had shut down due to fear and not due to respect.
    Very vocal support from Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju, who has demanded "immediate" action against the police personnel who arrested them, was a big relief for these girls. Until we have people like you, we are safe in this uncertain and incredible India.
    Jai Hind!

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  • Rolphy Almeida, Udupi/Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Living in Maharashtra and commenting (Unpleasant) about Shiv Sena!!! Or its leaders!!!! Is like entering a fuel tank holding lighted candle in hand.

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  • Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    The cops are law enforcers and would have been acting on influence.
    The magistrate is the judicial here and decides right vs wrong. His actions are worse than that of the cops, He should be suspended and investigated for under whose influence he acted??

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Molly....I am an guest in a country I am residing.I came here to earn some bucks!Can I ask my fundamental rights which I am enjoying in a country of origin.By the by you need to grow up dear .Either you have poor knowledge about the country you are making blah blah or you are prejudiced? Some are how your comments are obsolete..

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  • Molly, M'lore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Ismail's are excercising their rights to speak at the fullest!! where as d country they are residing they cant even open their mouth. keep going anyways

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  • Suleman, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Magistrate who doesnt know the law and freedom of speach act should be suspended also.

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    This is a clear example of rowdism nurtured by our own corrupt judges, cops, politicians all over India.

    Transferring the erring judge and suspending the cops without paying a price will only encourage them to continue to do their undemocratic acts at the places they are transferred.

    The whole freedom loving populace of India must demand stiff penalties to these culprits.
    Also a thorough enquiry must be conducted about the illicit activities of goonda Thackeray, and his associates all over Maharashtra and all be brought to justice.

    It is never too late to Thackeray a ===CRIMINAL=== even at this juncture.

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  • Cynthia, Moodbidri

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Are we living in India or in Gulf countries? why girls has to apologize for their posting and comments? They have expressed their thoughts, if someone doent agree like dislike it!! Finally democracy works in our beloved india. God Bless India !!

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  • Dr Kiran VSA, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Its a knee jerk reaction. India has a constitution, an elected Govt and Govt Babus drawing fat salaries but aam aadmi is forgotten. Draconian laws are implemented as per the personal likes and dislikes of law enforcement agencies. It is time Judiciary and Police depts are audited for their performance and made to answer the public. These are necessary to justify the taxes and public expenses. Granting bail and arresting has become a big business.

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  • sallu, Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    What is the use of transfering the Magistrate from one place to another in the same position. It has no meaning at all. If he was demoted and transferred then it would have been some meaning to it.
    With all this hulla bulla - girls had to pay for their bail, for no fault of theirs.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    This is calculated move of the GOVT of the day!HAAVU SAYALU ILLA,KOLU MURIALU ILLA!

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  • Angelina, uk

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    India? democracy? freedom of speech? are you joking? all these words depends on who says it? who does it? misusing position authority, goondagiri, rowdism inthe name of moral policing.....law, rules and regulations are there for the innocent wictims in modern India.....maha bhaarath !!!!

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  • R.Dhanlekar, Pune/Bahrain

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Zinda tha tho bhi logon ku takleef thi, mar bhi gaya to logon ki jaan nahi chod rahai hai

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    People,

    This is Classic example of "Banana Republic" works....

    Thanks Police and Judical folks for proving it....

    Jai Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Glad to read that the rule of law is taking its course now. The Judge and the police officers must be strictly penalized for human rights violations and street rowdism.

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  • Reema Shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Wat was the need of arresting these girls..even after they d and apologised for posting such comments on FB.
    Now it is good decision by the court.

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  • P.A.SHANU, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Judicial Magistrate First Class at Palghar R G Bagade is hereby transferred in the same position to Jalgaon with immediate effect just to continue the same act in the future.

    It would have been better if the Honourable High Court of Maharastra indicate the reason for transferring R.G.Begade.

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  • Rovina, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Ours is a Democratic country. No freedom of Speech ?

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  • Stany D'sa, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Thanks to the High Court for delivering the justice to the innocent. Our cops and magistrates better they go through the law books before they take any action.There is a limit for everything.

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  • SRIDHAR SHETTY , Barkur / doha

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    i remember one song here from rock star

    Tum logon ki, iss duniya mein
    Har kadam pe, insaan galat
    Main sahi samaj ke jo bhi kahoon
    Tum kehte ho galat, main galat hoon phir kaun sahi
    Marzi se jeene ki bhi main
    Kya tum sabko main arzi doon
    Matlab ki tum sabka mujhpe
    Mujhse bhi zyada haq hai

    Tu kaate mujhe, kyun baante mujhse iss tarah
    Kyun sach ka sabak sikhaaye, jab sach sunn bhi na paaye
    Sach koi bole toh tu niyam kanoon bataaye....

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  • ARUN, ksa

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Thackeray one who divided India ,for every Indian all other countries in the world give space and job ,for Mumbai people USA UK other countries in the world gave job exepeted them. why Thackeray cant except UP and bihar or south Indian in Mumbai which is part of india??

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  • Raghu Poojary, Mangalore/Moodbidri

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    they should transfered all the persons to some naxalite area for arresting the 2 girls, was there anything wrong posted by the girl about the 'Sitting Duck'?

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    They already done the maximum damage to these girls and to the uncle's ortho clinic.Mean to say they succeded in thier motto, now the after actions it is a sigh of relief to the victims and thier grievers.

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  • GERALD, Modankap

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    THIS IS NOTHING BUT KEEP ALIVE THE ISSUE OF "THACKREY" IN THE MIND OF PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    The Magistrate and the Police official are just the scapegoats. They could not have done anything on their own. Either they had the instructions from Maharasta Home deptt or they just gave up to the pressure of the goons. Now they are paying the price, what a shame!!

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  • Rudolf, Bantwal

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Only the mass outrage throughout the country and followup by people of the repute of Chief Justice Katju and IPS officer YP Singh did this action take place or else it would have been long suppressed!! Good sign to demonstrate that the law of the land is equal for all!!

    @Ismail, again posting a casual and irresponsible view in my opinion!!

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Tue, Nov 27 2012


    Thanks to God, Some Rule of Law is still prevailing. The corrupt police office must be punished so that people feel safe. Now, arrest those who attacked the family business.


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  • Sudheer, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Ismail, I hope you are not in Mumbai, otherwise you would have not had courage to say like this. Apna ghar me billi bi sher ban jaata hey.

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  • Ismail Shaikh, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Bal Thakre are u watching? No peace in Maharashtra even after your death.

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  • Diwakar, Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Salute the Judicial System. If an individual judge did not do proper homework understanding the case and taken an erratic decision, Higher level not only taken action but also action is seen to be taken. If the erring persons dismissed from the services summarily, it would be great and that will be real deterrent. This actions seen in Maharastra State to be replicated in entire country which will bring better control in entire system and Mr. Kejriwal and Anna Hazare will not have much job to do.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    it shall not be another suprise to hear that the suspension and transfer order is revoked.. This is my India and great India... Sab kuch ho sakta hai.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Maharashtra Government has the guts unlike...............

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  • SRIDHAR SHETTY , DOHA /BARKUR

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    Good decision, better polices concentrate on other area instead of Facebook...it was an attempt to harm freedom of speech.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    'Yeh to Hona Hi Tha'
    Socha Tha Bal Bal Bachenge -Magar Aisa Nahin Hua.....If Law Enforcers themselves are not aware of the Law then well...Again God Save India....

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