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Will close down Facebook in India, K’taka HC warns social media giant

Will close down Facebook in India, K’taka HC warns social media giant

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday issued a stern warning to Facebook, stating that it may order the closure of the social media company's operations in India following its alleged non-cooperation with the state police over the investigation of the case involving an Indian citizen imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.

The bench, presided over by Justice Krishna S. Dixit, delivered the warning while considering a petition filed by Kavitha, a resident of Bikarnakatte near Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada district.

"The complete report with required information should be submitted in a week before the court," the bench directed Facebook.

It also said that the Central government should give information on what action has been initiated in the case of the arrest of an Indian citizen in a false case. Mangaluru police also will have to take up a proper investigation and submit a report, the court said, adjourning the hearing to June 22.

Kavitha, in her plea, said that her husband Shailesh Kumar, 52 worked with a company in Saudi Arabia for 25 years, while she lived at her native place with their children.

She said that he had put up a message on Facebook in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in 2019 but unknown people opened a fake Facebook account in his name and posted objectionable posts against the King of Saudi Arabia and Islam.

As soon as it came to his knowledge, Kumar had informed the family and Kavitha had lodged a police complaint in Mangaluru in this regard. However, Saudi police arrested Shailesh Kumar and put him in prison.

The Mangaluru police taking up the investigation had written a letter to Facebook and sought information on the opening of the fake Facebook account. However, the social media giant has not responded yet.

In 2021, petitioner had approached the High Court questioning delay in the investigation. Kavitha had also written a letter to the Central government to get her husband released from prison.

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