Amid Uttar Pradesh police’s dramatic intervention, Karnataka Police serve notice to YouTuber Ajeet Bharti

The notice came after Ajeet Bharti was booked for allegedly making false claims on the statements of Rahul Gandhi.

ByMahesh M Goudar

Published Jun 20, 2024 | 8:38 PM Updated Jun 20, 2024 | 8:38 PM

Uttar Pradesh Police intervened when Karnataka Police were serving notice to accused Ajeet Bharati at Noida on Thursday.

Karnataka Police on Thursday, 20 June, served notice to YouTuber Ajeet Bharti following high drama that unfolded in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida.

The notice followed an FIR registered against Bharti at the High Ground Police Station in Bengaluru on 16 June.

Bharti was booked for allegedly making false claims on the statements made by former Congress president and Raebareli MP Rahul Gandhi, based on a complaint filed by a Congress worker.

When Karnataka Police reached his residence on Thursday to issue the notice, Uttar Pradesh Police intervened, leading to high drama in front of the residence in Noida.

However, Karnataka Police have managed to serve the notice to Bharti.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders and right-wing activists extended their support to the accused on social media platforms and criticised the Congress government in Karnataka.

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Notice to Ajeet Bharti

Three police personnel — including a police sub-inspector (PSI) — attached to the High Grounds Police Station flew to Noida to serve notice to Ajeet on Thursday.

When they were serving notice to the accused, Noida police intervened and stopped them from discharging their duties, resulting in high drama in front of the accused residence.

In his post on X, Ajeet said: “Around 2 pm, three men claiming to be Karnataka Police came to my house and stated that they had come to serve a notice.”

He said he asked them whether they had informed Noida police. “I immediately informed the local police officer and two local police personnel arrived soon,” he claimed.

“They spoke with the Bengaluru police and took them away with them. We are very grateful to the local police for their prompt assistance,” stated the accused.

An FIR was registered against Youtuber Ajeet at High Grounds Police Station for allegedly making false claims about Rahul Gandhi’s statements on 16 June.

He was booked under the charges of promoting animosity between different groups on the grounds of religion, residence, language, place of birth, etc., promoting enmity hatred or ill-will between classes and acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony.

High Grounds Police Inspector Bharat B told South First: “Around five local policemen intervened while we were discharging our duties.

“When the UP Police intervened, it led to a minor altercation with them. We had gone to serve him notice under Section 41 (A) of the CrPC.

“We are waiting for the higher police orders to arrest him. Our police personnel are still staying in Noida,” said Bharat.

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Noida police’s version

Noida Deputy Commissioner Of Police (DCP) Vidya Sagar Mishra claimed that they were compelled to intervene as Karnataka Police did not follow procedures while issuing the notice to the accused.

He told South First: “Karnataka Police had come to serve notice under Section 41(A) of the CrPC to the accused over the FIR registered against him at Bengaluru.

“We intervened because they did not inform the local police while discharging their duties. They have served notice to the accused.

“We had no other intentions. If they had followed procedures, we would not have intervened,” he said.

“It was the accused who alerted us about this, and not Karnataka Police. The situation has returned to normalcy,” stated the DCP.

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Vijayendra criticises Karnataka government

Condemning police flying to Noida to serve notice to Ajeet, Karnataka BJP chief and MLA BY Vijayendra said: “This shows that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is merely a puppet in the hands of external factors.”

In his post on X, Vijayendra said: “When the Chief makes a clarion call, how can the deputies in the Siddaramaiah government afford to ignore it? Law and Order in the state have plummeted to their lowest point. [sic]”

He added: “Criminals having a field day, high-profile murder cases and harassment of women have almost become daily occurrences, yet the Siddaramaiah government seems least concerned. [sic]”

He continued: “Instead, the police have been forced to invest their valuable time and resources in intimidating and harassing the opposition and our supporters who are fighting for the Hindu cause. There can’t be a better illustration than this to showcase who really calls the shots in the government, with the CM merely a puppet in the hands of external factors. [sic]”

Announcing support for the accused, he said: “The Congress government’s attempt to arrest Ajeet for whimsical reasons is purely dictatorial. BJP will stand solidly with Ajeet and provide all the support needed to fight this case.”

After the news spread about Karnataka Police landing in Noida to serve the notice to Ajeet, several BJP leaders and right-wing activists extended their support to the accused and criticised Congress.

Hitting out at the Congress, author Anand Ranganathan said: “Unreal. First Congress gets an FIR filed against Ajeet for repeating what a congressman said about another congressman. [sic]”

He added: “Now three Karnataka cops have landed up at his home without intimating the UP police that thankfully is intervening. But democracy is not in danger. [sic]”

(Edited by Arkadev Ghoshal)

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