Payal Rohatgi sent to 8-day judicial custody

Controversial right-wing sympathizer, Payal Rohatgi, was arrested and sent to eight-day judicial custody by a local court in Rajasthan for her objectionable video against the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Payal was booked under the IT Act on October 10 for content against Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and other members of the family. She was taken to Bundi in Rajasthan for interrogation.

She had been served a notice earlier this month and was directed to furnish a reply in that regard.

“Our team was there (in Ahmadabad) for investigation in the case against her but she was not cooperating,” Mamta Gupta, Superintendent of Police.

Rajasthan Youth Congress General Secretary Charmesh Sharma, also a resident of Bundi, had submitted a complaint with copies of the allegedly offensive content after which a case was registered.

The content had been posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on September 6 and again on September 21.

In his complaint Charmesh alleged the content tarnished the image of the country and spread vulgarity and religious hatred, besides disgracing a woman’s character.

Payal has been a queen of controversies. Earlier this month, Twitter locked her profile for communalising the gruesome Hyderabad rape. In June this year, she claimed maratha ruler Shivaji belonged to lower caste, but later apologized after a backlash. Before this, she called social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy as a “traitor” and accused him of defaming the ‘sati’ (widow sacrifices) practice.