The Thane police on Saturday detained Marathi actor Ketki Chitale after a case was registered against him for sharing a ‘derogatory’ post about NCP president Sharad Pawar on a social media platform. The post in Marathi shared by him on Friday was written by someone else. It only mentions Pawar’s surname and 80 years of age. The NCP supremo is 81 years old. It reportedly referred to Pawar, whose party shares power in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena and the Congress. A police officer had earlier said, “Based on a complaint by Swapnil Netke, a case was registered against Chitale at Kalwa police station in Thane on Saturday.”
Case 500 (defamation), 501 (printing or engraving known to be defamatory) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 505 (2) (making any statement, rumor or report promoting enmity, hatred, published to transmit or transmit). ill will between classes), 153A (to spread disharmony among people), he said.
In Pune too, the NCP submitted a letter to the police demanding action against Chitale.