Mumbai: A day after Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale was arrested for reportedly tweeting an objectionable post about the NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra Deputy Chairman Minister Ajit Pawar said on Sunday that such remarks against veteran politician were unfortunate. "This is Maharashtra's misfortune," said Ajit Pawar, who is also an NCP leader.
The right to free speech and expression is protected under the Constitution. People must, however, consider what they say and the influence it has on society, he said. "Sharad Pawar (81) has spent 60 years in the public life. Despite receiving a lot of criticism and claims, he has never made uncharitable remarks (about others)," the deputy CM stated.
He labelled Chitale a "pervert," and said her statements about Sharad Pawar were "unfortunate." On Saturday, Chitale (29), a film and television actor, and Nikhil Bhamre, a 23-year-old pharmacy student, were arrested for allegedly spreading offensive social media remarks about Sharad Pawar.
While Chitale was arrested by Thane police on Saturday for allegedly sharing a post on her Facebook page, Bhamre was arrested in Nashik for reportedly making an offensive comment on Twitter about the NCP chief, whose party shares power in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena and Congress. Chitale's message, which was written in verse, was allegedly authored by someone else. It included statements such as "hell is waiting" and "you despise Brahmins," which were purportedly directed at the NCP President.