The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday deferred the pronouncement of its order in a petition filed by Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari, challenging a notice issued to him by the Uttar Pradesh Police summoning him for questioning, to Thursday.

A single judge bench of Justice G Narendar, which had
last week said it will pass an order on Tuesday, said he would do so on Thursday at 2:30 pm.

Maheshwari has challenged the jurisdiction of the UP Police in issuing a notice to appear before the investigating officer under Section 41(A) of the Indian Penal Code in a case relating to a video showing an attack on an elderly man in Ghaziabad that went viral on the microblogging platform.

His counsel had argued in court that he was merely an employee of Twitter Communication India and did not have anything to do with the content posted on the social media platform, which is managed by Twitter Inc, a company registered in the United States.

The Karnataka HC had on June 24 passed an interim order
restraining the UP Police from taking any coercive action against Maheshwari. The matter was heard over a period of four days.

Prasanna Kumar, senior counsel appearing on behalf of the UP Police, argued that Maheshwari had claimed that he was the managing director of Twitter India, and as the representative of the firm in India, he needed to come before the investigating authority and answer its questions.

Kumar had told the court that the video’s upload had “resulted in violence” and argued that the Karnataka High Court did not have territorial jurisdiction to hear and decide on the matter as the offence had taken place in UP.


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