Twitter Inc, an entity registered in the United States that controls the microblogging platform, does not own a single share in Twitter Communications India Pvt Ltd, lawyers representing the Indian company’s managing director Manish Maheshwari told the Karnataka High Court on Thursday.

Senior counsel C V Nagesh, who appeared on behalf of Maheshwari, told the court that Twitter’s India unit was a separate entity from Twitter Inc and that he would place on record its ownership structure before the court on Friday.

Nagesh’s submission came in response to a query by a single judge bench of Justice G Narendar on Thursday on whether Twitter Inc could be considered the parent company of Twitter India.

The court was in the process of passing an order on a petition filed by Maheshwari challenging the jurisdiction of the Uttar Pradesh Police in issuing a notice to appear in person before an investigating officer in Ghaziabad under Section 41(A) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

The court said it would continue dictating the order on Friday at 12:45 pm.

Maheshwari challenged the jurisdiction of the UP Police in a case relating to a video showing an attack on an elderly man in Ghaziabad that went viral on the microblogging platform.

Maheshwari’s counsel argued that he was merely an employee of Twitter Communication India and had nothing to do with the content posted on the social media platform, which is managed by Twitter Inc, which was registered in the United States.

The single judge bench of the Karnataka HC had on June 24 passed an interim order
restraining the UP Police from taking any coercive action against Maheshwari.

Prasanna Kumar, senior counsel appearing on behalf of the UP Police, had argued that Maheshwari 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 queries.

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


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