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Delhi Police quizzes Twitter India MD in toolkit case, gets a surprising revelation

A senior-level Delhi Police Special Cell team travelled to Bengaluru on May 31 to interrogate Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari.

Delhi Police quiz Twitter India MD in toolkit case, gets a surprising revelation-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jun 17, 2021, 11:45 AM IST
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Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari was questioned by the Delhi Police officials in connection with the 'Congress toolkit' case, media reports citing sources have said.

The reports said that the senior-level Delhi Police Special Cell team travelled to Bengaluru on May 31 to interrogate Maheshwari.

The Delhi Police had reached out to information after the platform had red-flagged BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra's posts about the alleged 'Congress toolkit' and branded the post as 'manipulated media'.

Following this, the Delhi Police sent notices to Twitter India seeking details about how the platform came to a conclusion that Sambit's posts were "manipulated". 

Media reports, citing sources, said that the Delhi Police Special Cell team travelled to Bengaluru to question Twitter India MD as it was getting evasive responses to its notices.

In fact, on May 24, Maheshwari informed the Delhi Police in an email that he "does not represent Twitter in India and hence bears no responsibility for content decisions". 

According to India Today, which reportedly accessed details of the interrogation, Maheshwari claimed to be a mere sales head and not the Managing Director of Twitter India when he was asked to take responsibility. 

Maheshwari even denied knowing the corporate structure of Twitter India's subsidiary TCIPL despite the platform calling him its man on the ground.

Citing sources, India Today reported that Maheshwari told the Delhi Police that the Twitter India (TCIPL) Managing Director post was a 'market-facing' designation among advertisers.

With Twitter now losing its legal immunity for failing to comply with new Indian information technology guidelines, the platform and its officials may have a lot to explain in the days to come.

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