Twitter India seeks quashing of FIRs filed in wake of farmer protests

Twitter India has filed a plea seeking quashing of the FIRs lodged against it for allegedly promoting a tweet on Khalistan, a Sikh separatist movement, in the ongoing social media furore over the farmer protests.

On December 17, the Supreme Court of India sought responses on this matter from the central government and eight states, where the FIRs have been filed. Twitter India’s consulate Senior advocate Sajjan Poovayya had told the SC bench, headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, that there cannot be multiple FIRs for one incident and sought their quashing. The firm has sought clubbing of the FIRs for conducting trial in one lower court.

Multiple FIRs have been filed against Twitter India for promoting the tweet of one Gurpatwant Singh Pannum on Khalistan. Pannum had tweeted a Twitter poll on whether India should recognise Khalistan. Twitter India has contended that it has no control over the content on the Twitter website and that the same is monitored by Twitter Inc based in the US.

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