The complainant, Sanjay Raghuwanshi, couldn’t be reached over phone on Friday. TOI went to his house in Koushal Nagar in Misrod, but he wasn’t there. On Thursday, ASP Rajesh Singh Bhadouria had said Raghuwanshi is a farmer. Asked about this, Raghuwanshi’s wife told TOI that they own agricultural land.
He didn’t take calls on the mobile phone mentioned in the FIR. Misrod police, too, were tightlipped though officers said it was being probed on ‘priority’.
DIG Irshad Wali said police will seek information from Twitter, which hosts the accounts from which alleged misinformation was posted on the day of the tractor rally violence in Delhi. A team may be sent to Delhi for investigation.
Tharoor and the others have been booked under IPC 153A, 153A (1b) and 505 (2) — promoting enmity, committing an act that is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between communities, making statements to create enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes. They have not been charged with sedition though the complaint had asked for it.
Asked if any more charges / sections will be added to the case, ASP Bhadouria said sedition charges do not apply to the complaint filed by Raghuwanshi. “Investigation is on and further action depends on its outcome,” he said.
Apart from Tharoor, those named in the FIR are Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrinal Pande, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath, Anant Nath and Vinod K Jose.