Actress Payal Rohatgi detained

Actress Payal Rohatgi detained

Agency News

Rajasthan Police have taken Bollywood actress Payal Rohatgi on Monday morning from her Ahmedabad residence for interrogation in a case relating to alleged objectionable video against the Nehru-Gandhi family on social media.

Ms Rohatgi was booked under the IT Act on October 10 for content against Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and other members of the family. She had been served a notice earlier this month and was directed to furnish a reply in that regard.

Payal Rohatgi confirmed her arrest on her twitter handle: "I am arrested by @PoliceRajasthan for making a video on #MotilalNehru which I made from taking information from @google Freedom of Speech is a joke @PMOIndia @HMOIndia".

Ms Rohatgi is being taken to Bundi in Rajasthan for interrogation, Mamta Gupta, Superintendent of Police, told news agency PTI. She has not yet been "formally arrested" and will be produced in court on Monday. "Our team was there (in Ahmedabad) for investigation in the case against her but she was not cooperating," SP Gupta said, adding that her formal arrest was likely after interrogation.

Rajasthan Youth Congress General Secretary Charmesh Sharma, also a resident of Bundi, had submitted a complaint with copies of the allegedly offensive content after which a case was registered. Ms Rohatgi made objectionable comments in a video against the family of freedom fighters- Motilal Nehru and his daughter-in-law Kamala Nehru father and wife of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The content had been posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on September 6 and again on September 21.

In his complaint Mr Sharma alleged the content tarnished the image of the country and spread vulgarity and religious hatred, besides disgracing a woman's character. Earlier this month, Ms Rohatgi alleged on Twitter that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was acting against her under pressure from the Gandhi family. She claimed she had a "recording" of people referring to the pressure.