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India court seeks explanation for Facebook arrests

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 30, 2012 at 5:43 am •  Published: November 30, 2012

The Mumbai arrests came barely two months after the Maharashtra police arrested a political cartoonist on sedition charges for drawings that mocked corruption in the Indian government. The charges were later dropped.

The Supreme Court also issued similar notices to the governments of West Bengal state and the southeastern city state of Puducherry that critics say abused authority by arresting citizens for social media posts.

Earlier this year, a university professor was arrested in West Bengal for forwarding an email cartoon that caricatured the chief minister there. He was later released on bail.

In Puducherry, a businessman was arrested last month for a tweet criticizing the son of India's finance minister. The businessman is also out on bail.