Lankan accused of spreading rumours about Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa_assem_2719541fThe Information Technology Wing of the political party led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J  Jayalalithaa, has lodged a complaint with the police in India demanding the arrest of a Facebook account holder for posting rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health.

It is believed the Facebook account is held by a Sri Lankan Tamil woman who is now settled in France, The Hindu newspaper reported.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Chennai City Police registered a case against “unknown persons” for derogatory posts on social media under Sections 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 505(1) (Whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report), 505(1) (b) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquillity).

Action would be taken against the person who allegedly posted the false content in Facebook, police said.

Stringent action would be taken against persons indulging in spreading rumours, the police also warned. (Colombo Gazette)