The Bombay High Court has quashed the case registered against a Hyderabad resident for allegedly posting rape threats on social media against cricketer Virat Kohli’s minor daughter and actress Anushka Sharma.
A division bench of Justices AS Gadkari and PD Naik on Monday dismissed the case after complainant Mr Kohli’s manager Aquilia D’Souza agreed to drop the charges against Ramnagesh Akubathini.
Akubathini, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad, was accused of posting objectionable tweets against Mr Kohli and Ms Sharma’s daughter after India lost their T20 World Cup match against Pakistan on October 24, 2021.
An FIR was registered against him on November 8, 2021, under sections 354 (outraging modesty/sexual assault), 506 (criminal intimidation), 500 (defamation), and 201 (causing destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code. Offenses under the Information Technology Act.
Akubathini was arrested by the Cyber Crime Cell of Mumbai Police on November 11, 2021. A local court granted him bail after nine days.
He moved the HC in February 2022 seeking quashing of the FIR. He was a meritorious student and a rank-holder in JEE (Advanced) examination and wanted to go abroad for a job, but the matter was hindering his career, he argued.
On Monday, the complainant filed an affidavit giving consent to dismiss the case. Accordingly, the HC quashed the FIR.
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