New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has registered a complaint with the Delhi Police against people posting offensive and derogatory messages against him on social networking sites.

After investigations, the police have registered a complaint against 22 people and social networking sites under the Information Technology (IT) Act.

Singh stated that the comments have not only defamed him, but have also damaged the image of the Congress.

As per information, Singh’s counsel Rohit Kochar had submitted a written complaint with the Delhi Police on August 16.

He alleged that the netizens have posted offensive comments against Singh and uploaded objectionable photographs across eight social networking websites.

After one and half months of investigations, the police found the allegations to be true and registered a case against 22 people under Section 66 of the IT Act.

According to the police officials, under the IT Act, it is a crime to write derogatory message against anyone on any networking site.
Meanwhile, the police is investigating whether the profile of these 22 users are fake or genuine.

Police will soon issue a notice to users and website operators and will conduct a detailed inquiry into the matter.

64-year-old Singh has courted controversy at regular intervals with remarks on Hindutva terror, Batla House encounter, Maoism and Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Singh had named the websites Facebook, Orkut, Ibibo, Twitter, MSN, Youtube, newsofdelhi.com, dhimagkharab.com in his complaint and sought registration of a case against then under Section 79 of IT Act but police has not done so.

In the complaint, Singh had argued that statutory obligations imposed upon websites and social networking platforms do not allow them to absolve themselves of the obligation to perform their duties and responsibilities.

JPN/Bureau