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Supreme Court today sought an explanation from Uttar Pradesh Government regarding the arrest of a schoolboy for allegedly posting objectionable comments about Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Facebook.

Senior counsel Soli Sorabjee raised the issue in front of the Supreme Court bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman. He the question about the State Government’s motive behind arresting a teenager for allegedly posting objectionable comments about a state minister under Section 66A of Information Technology Act.

The SC has given four weeks to the Government to respond.

The boy was granted bail, on Thursday.

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A Complaint Registered Against Facebook’s Zuckerberg in an UP Court

"This has hurt my sentiments and has hurt national pride," the petitioner has said

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A complaint has been registered in an Uttar Pradesh court against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and three others for using national symbols and letter heads of President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on its site without due permission.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Anand Prakash Singh on Wednesday set November 12 as the next date of hearing when the petitioner lawyer Omkar’s statement would be recorded.

Others named in the complaint are Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, Facebook India Head Ajit Mohan.

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Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. VOA

The petitioner has further alleged that the social media giant runs an application which allows certain national symbols to be used without permission.

He has submitted screen shots as evidence.

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The petitioner has demanded that the named persons be punished for this offence as they were not only getting cheap popularity with the use of such symbols but were also earning a lot of money.

“This has hurt my sentiments and has hurt national pride,” the petitioner has said. (IANS)

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