Marathi Actor Ketaki Chitale Booked In 3 More Cases For Post Against NCP Chief Sharad Pawar


New Delhi: Trouble compounded for Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale as she was three more cases were booked against her — two in Mumbai and one in Akola district — for allegedly sharing an objectionable post about NCP chief Sharad Pawar on social media, said the police on Sunday, reported news agency PTI. 

Cases had been earlier registered against the 29-year old actor in Thane, Pune, and Dhule districts in connection with the online posts. 

“In Mumbai, the cases were registered at Goregaon and Bhoiwada police stations on Saturday,” an official said.

The case at Bhoiwada police station was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by advocate Prashant Shankar Duete, a students’ wing president of the NCP’s Mumbai unit.

In Akola, the FIR was recorded at Khadan police station against mS Chitale after a complaint was lodged by Kalpana Gawarguru, a local office-bearer of the NCP, another official said.

The cases at these police stations were registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 500 (defamation), 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory), 505 (2) (making, publishing or circulating any statement, rumour or report promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes), 153 A (spreading disharmony among people), police said, reported the news agency. 

The actor was arrested by the Thane Police on Saturday following a case that was registered against her over the social media post. A Thane court on Sunday remanded her in police custody till May 18. 

The post in Marathi written by someone else, which Ms Chitale allegedly shared on Facebook on Friday, only mentioned the surname Pawar and the age of 80. The NCP supremo is 81 years old. The post contained phrases like “hell is waiting” and “you hate Brahmins”, allegedly referring to Mr Pawar whose party shares power in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena and Congress.

A case was registered against her in Pune too after an NCP worker filed a complaint against her. Chitale was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 153(A), 500, 505(2). 

At Dhule in north Maharashtra, a case was registered against Mr Chitale and Nitin Bhave, the purported author of the post shared by her, on a complaint lodged by an NCP leader.

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