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Marathi Actor Ketaki Chitale Arrested For 'Derogatory Post' On Sharad Pawar

The party leaders have demanded a strict action against Ketaki Chitale.

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Marathi Actor Ketaki Chitale Arrested For 'Derogatory Post' On Sharad Pawar
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Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale has now been remanded in police custody till 18 May following her arrest on Saturday. A case had been registered in Maharashtra's Thane city against her on 14 May for allegedly sharing a derogatory post on Facebook against NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The party leaders have demanded a strict action against her.

The alleged controversial Facebook post shared by Chitale mentions phrases like "hell is waiting" and "you hate Brahmins", and reportedly criticises the veteran leader.

While the post makes no direct mention of the NCP chief's full name, but reports state that it mentions the surname Pawar and the age 80. The NCP chief is 81 years old.

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While speaking to media, a police official said, "The offence against Chitale was registered at Kalwa police station in Thane on Saturday based on a complaint lodged by Swapnil Netke, who alleged that the actress posted objectionable content against Pawar, and her post might strain the relationship between the two political parties in the state further and create trouble."

The case against Chitale was registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 500 (defamation), 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory), 505 (2) (making, publishing or circulating any statement, rumour or report promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes), 153 A (spreading disharmony among people).

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray condemned the objectionable Facebook post targeting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) patriarch Sharad Pawar and said “such writing” does not have a place in the culture of Maharashtra.

(With inputs from PTI)

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