In 2012: Aseem Trivedi, Mumbai — For cartoons that mocked the parliament for the regular adjournments. Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan (The Palghar girls), Mumbai — One questioned on Facebook why the entire city was shutdown for Bal Thackeray’s funeral and the other simply liked the post. Ambikesh Mahapatra and Subrata Sengupta, Jadavpur — Arrested for circulating a cartoon taking a dig at Mamata Banerjee for forcing then Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, a member of her own party, out of office. Ravi Srinivasan, Puducherry — Arrested for posting ‘offensive’ messages on Twitter about Congress leader P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram. In 2013 Kanwal Bharti, Uttar Pradesh — Arrested for protesting the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal by the ruling Samajwadi Party government on Facebook and pointing fingers at Azam Khan.
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In 2014 Devu Chodankar, Goa — Booked for posting anti-Modi comment. Class XI student, Rampur — Sent to jail for posting “objectionable” comments against SP leader Azam Khan.
“I am ecstatic. It was grossly offensive to our rights, our freedom of speech and expression and today the Supreme Court has upheld that.”
Net freedom establishes the faith not just in our system but also faith in the youth of our country. Well done Shreya Singhal. #Section66A — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) March 24, 2015