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Marathi actor sent to police custody for derogatory post against Sharad Pawar

A court in Maharashtra on Sunday sent Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale to police custody till 18 May, a day after she was arrested by the Thane Police for sharing a social media post allegedly targeting Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar.

On Friday, the actor had shared a poem about Pawar on Facebook and attributed it to an advocate named Nitin Bhave. The poem had mentioned the veteran leader’s last name and referred to a person above 80 years of age.

The poem added that Pawar harbours hatred for Brahmins.

The post had said that “hell is waiting” for Pawar and made references to his illness and appearance.

The post sparked massive outrage among workers of the Nationalist Congress Party. All major political parties in Maharashtra also condemned the post.

Chitale was arrested based on a complaint filed by NCP worker Swapnil Netke.

The police registered a first information report against Chitale under Sections 500 (defamation), 501 (printing or engraving defamatory material) and 153A (promoting enmity between groups) of the Indian Penal Code.

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