AI cabin crew association treasurer booked under IT Act

In his statement to Cyber Crime Police on Friday, Jaganatharao said Karnik abused him many times on Facebook between March 2011 and June 2012, over a dispute over the AICCA elections. He alleged that on November 1, 2011, Karnik had mentioned on Facebook that he had a gun and would get Jaganatharao arrested by the cyber police

In round-2 of the Air India cabin crew online fracas, the Cyber Crime Unit of the Mumbai Police on Friday registered a case under Section 66 (a) of the IT Act against Sagar Karnik, Treasurer, Air India Cabin Crew Association for allegedly abusing and threatening two colleagues online.

The FIR against Karnik was based on a complaint by Jaganatharao and Sharma, who were arrested on similar allegations by Karnik earlier. Six months ago, on Karnik's complaint, police had filed an FIR against Jaganatharao and Mayank Mohan Sharma and arrested them in May. They got bail from the Sessions Court after 12 days. The two were arrested under Sections 66 (a) and 67 of the IT Act and Section 506 (2) of the Indian Penal Code.

Karnik in his complaint had told police they used abusive language on Facebook and Orkut against politicians including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and a woman colleague in Air India. The complaint also said they insulted the national flag.

In July, Jaganatharao and Sharma had written to the Commissioner of Police alleging Kiran Pawaskar, former Shiv Sainik and current Nationalist Congress Party MLC had influenced their arrest.

The police did not respond to the letter and there was no further moment on the issue until the furore over the arrest of two girls from Palghar last month for posting a Facebook comment questioning the bandh after Bal Thackeray's death, which also opened a debate on Section 66 of the IT Act. After the Palghar row, Jaganatharao and Sharma came out in the open.

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