Kannada actor and human rights activist Chetan Kumar has been arrested for claiming in a tweet that one of the judges of the Karnataka High Court bench hearing the pleas on the hijab ban had made “disturbing comments” in a separate case, ANI reported on Tuesday, citing a senior police official.
Justice Krishna Dixit, according to Kumar, had made the comments while granting pre-arrest bail to an accused in a rape case.
“Does he have the clarity required?” Kumar had questioned in his tweet on February 16.
Bengaluru (Central) Deputy Commissioner of Police MN Anucheth said the police have taken suo motu cognisance of Kumar’s tweet and registered a first information report under sections 505(2) (intent to incite a class or community to commit offence) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
Kumar will be produced before a judicial magistrate, the police official said, but did not specify when.
In the two-year-old tweet, the actor had mentioned a case where Dixit had granted anticipatory bail to a person accused of rape, noting that the woman had fallen asleep after the assault.
In the rape case, the judge had observed: “The explanation offered by the complainant that after the perpetration of the act she was tired and fell asleep, is unbecoming of an Indian woman; this is not the way our women react when they are ravished.”
Following public outrage, the judge’s remarks had been expunged from the order, according to Bar and Bench.
On Tuesday, Kumar’s wife Megha said in a live chat on her Facebook page that the actor had gone missing, reported The News Minute.
“No one informed us, his phone is switched off, so is our gunman’s,” she said.
Megha told The News Minute that she has filed a complaint with the Bengaluru Police commissioner’s office asking the police to locate Kumar.