Delhi Police visits Twitter India offices, calls it 'routine'
Delhi Police sources said the team went to serve a notice to the micro-blogging platform as a part of a routine process.
Delhi Police Special Cell on Monday visited the Twitter India offices in New Delhi and Gurgaon in connection with the alleged 'Congress toolkit' case.
Delhi Police sources said the team went to the Twitter India offices to serve a notice to the micro-blogging platform as a part of a routine process.
This was necessitated as we wanted to ascertain who is the right person to serve a notice, as replies by Twitter India MD have been very ambiguous, sources added.
The police action also comes in the backdrop of the police sending a letter to Twitter India on Sunday after the platform labelled BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra's tweets as "manipulated media".
Delhi Police Special Cell is carrying out a preliminary investigation into the 'toolkit' which BJP leaders claimed was released by Congress.
The Delhi Police believes that Twitter officials are "acquainted with the facts of the matter" and in possession of information regarding the same.
"The information is relevant to the inquiry. The Special Cell wants to find the truth. Twitter, which has claimed to know the underlying truth, should clarify," the Delhi Police said in a statement.
Patra's tweet was about a purported toolkit that was also amplified by other BJP leaders.
Patra and other BJP leaders have accused the Congress party of making the purported toolkit to target the government over its handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. In response, Congress leaders like Rohan Gupta, chairman of the Congress party social media department, sent a letter to Twitter claiming that the tweets were sharing forged documents that were being wrongly attributed to the Grand Old Party.
The Congress has also filed a complaint with Delhi Police seeking an FIR against BJP president J P Nadda, Union Minister Smriti Irani, Sambit Patra, and BJP's National General Secretary B L Santhosh.
In Chhattisgarh, an FIR has already been registered against BJP's National Vice President Raman Singh and Sambit Patra.