Congress spokesman Durgadas Kamat said Chodankar had only written about his fears and there was no problem in that and added that it definitely was not a crime.

Kamat questioned if such is the attitude of the NDA government even before Modi has taken oath as the country’s 14th Prime Minister then what would they actually do after he officially takes over.

He also questioned about the freedom of speech and expression that Modi had advocated about so much of late during the entire Lok Sabha campaign.

"We condemn the action. There is no freedom of speech in the BJP-ruled state. The police is working under political influence," Kamat said on Friday.

Kamat said that the Congress firmly stands by Chodankar, who had merely expressed his personal views.

Hitting back at Kamat’s criticism, Goa Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Manohar Parikkar said the government had no role to play in this case and the decisions were taken by the Supreme Court.

Parrikar added that contrary to the propaganda that is being spread in the media maligning Modi’s image, the accused Devu Chodankar has not even appeared before police despite being summoned twice by the cyber crime cell and is absconding.

“A prominent citizen complained about a Facebook post, which was registered as per SC guidelines by the police,” Parikkar tweeted on Saturday.

“Anticipatory bail was rejected by court as per evidence & Govt. has no role,” he added.

“Contrary to the propaganda the person has not appeared before police after being summoned twice,” he further said.

Following Chodankar’s post which he later removed, industrialist Atul Pai Kane filed a police complaint against him for trying to promote enmity between religious groups.

The district and sessions court had rejected the bail plea of the naval engineer Chodankar on Friday after a local cybercrime cell investigating the complaint against him claimed that his Facebook post was a larger game plan to promote communal and social disharmony in the state.

(JPN)

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