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Marathi actor Ketki Chitale arrested for ‘derogatory Facebook post’ on Sharad Pawar

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Thane/Mumbai: The Thane police on Saturday arrested Marathi actor Ketki Chitale after a case was registered against him for sharing a ‘derogatory’ post about NCP president Sharad Pawar on the social media platform.

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The post in Marathi shared by him on Friday was written by someone else. It only mentions Pawar’s surname and 80 years of age. The NCP supremo is 81 years old.

The post reportedly referred to Pawar, whose party shares power in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena and the Congress.

“Based on a complaint by Swapnil Netke, a case was registered against Chitale at Thane’s Kalwa police station on Saturday,” a police officer said. Chitale (29) was arrested by Thane Police’s Crime Branch from Navi Mumbai.

On Saturday evening, NCP women’s wing workers threw black ink and eggs at Chitale outside Kalamboli police station in Navi Mumbai.

Earlier, sections 500 (defamation), 501 (printing or engraving known to be defamatory) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against him, 505 (2) (promoting any statement, rumor or report, publishing or transmitting) was registered. Enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes), 153A (spreading disharmony among people) at Kalwa police station in Thane, he said.

In Pune too, a case was registered against him based on the complaint of an NCP worker.

The cyber wing of the police has registered a case against Chitale under sections 153 (A), 500 and 505 (2) of the IPC. In Dhule too, a case was registered against Chitale and Nitin Bhave, the alleged author of the controversial post shared by the actress, under similar sections of the IPC including section 34 (common intent) on a complaint filed by an NCP leader.

Meanwhile, when asked about the episode by journalists in Nanded, Pawar said that he does not know Chitale and has no idea about what they have posted about him on social media.

Responding to a question, she said, “I don’t know the person nor do I have any idea about what you are saying (about the actress’s post).”

Asked about the post allegedly shared by Chitale on Facebook, the NCP chief told reporters that he was not aware of it. He asked a reporter, “What has he done? What was his complaint (about him)?”

The veteran leader further said that it would not be right for her to comment on the issue until she finds out what the actress has done.

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