Filmmaker Avinash Das was arrested on Wednesday, a day after he was detained by the Gujarat Police from Mumbai, for sharing a photo of Union Home Minister Amit Shah with suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal.
The police have alleged that the filmmaker shared the photo to defame the home minister and mislead citizens. The photo of Shah and Singhal shared by Das in May this year, was taken in 2017 at an event in Ranchi.
Singhal, a former mining department secretary of Jharkhand, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on May 12 in an alleged money laundering case.
The 46-year-old filmmaker has previously worked as a journalist at the newspapers Dainik Bhaskar and Prabhat Khabar and the NDTV television network.