Incitement to violence on social media amounts to waging war against govt: Punjab HC
Social media has become inevitable in our daily life. But it cannot be misused. Apart from public exhortations and campaigns, those connected with terror groups are using social media nowadays for the propagation of their political ideologies.
If a member of a terror group incites people through social media to violence and other anti-national activities, it amounts to waging war against the government, observed the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The court while dismissing the bail application filed by Arvinder Singh, held that propaganda and incitement to violence on social media is equivalent to collecting men for to fight against the Government of India.
The police said in the court that Arvinder is a member of a terror group that wages war against the government to form Khalistan, as a separate nation and had used the social media for propagating anti-national ideologies.
Police also informed the court that they have unearthed a volume of materials to show that he, and other members of the organization, resort to violence with an objective to fight the government.
Declining the bail plea, court said that from the materials collected, so far it can be inferred that his intention was to wage war against the present government.
The court also observed that he had shared seditious, communally sensitive and hateful posts on the social media.