NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the Uttar Pradesh government’s plea against the Karnataka High Court order, quashing notice of personal appearance issued by the state police to the then Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari in relation to the circulation of an allegedly offensive video on the microblogging platform. A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana issued notice to Maheshwari after solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the UP government, submitted that there was a question of law that needed to be examined and settled by the court. The notice was issued in connection with a probe into the uploading of a communally sensitive video by a user on Twitter. In August, Maheshwari was transferred to the US as a senior director of the company. The UP government filed appeal in the top court challenging the July 23 HC order, which had quashed the notice as mala fide. The Ghaziabad police had issued notice to Maheshwari, asking him to appear at Loni Police Station for questioning in relation to the investigation connected with the viral video of the assault on an elderly Muslim man. The Karnataka HC on June 24 granted protection to Maheshwari in an FIR lodged by the Loni Police in Ghaziabad. The matter is connected with the circulation of a video in which Abdul Shamad Saifi, had alleged that he was beaten by some young men who forced him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on June 5. But, the police said, Saifi had not made any such allegations in his FIR lodged on June 7. The police claimed that the video was shared to incite communal discontent had booked Twitter Inc and some journalists and politicians for sharing the video.

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