FB post against Amma: Police register case.

published on February 22, 2014
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Karunagappally police have registered a case against a few Facebook users for allegedly posting and sharing defamatory materials against Mata Amritanandamayi. The police, however, clarified that they are not going after every user who ‘liked’ the posts, but, will focus on tracing the origin of certain pages with derogatory content against Mata Amritanandamayi.

The case was registered based on a complaint filed by five devotees of Mata Amritanandamayi — Baiju P, Rahul S, Ramesh, Akshay Jayakumar and Sanoop — before the Kollam city police commissioner. The five are staff and inmates of the Mata Amritanandamayi ashram at Vallikavu near Karunagappally. In the absence of the commissioner, city special branch assistant commissioner received the complaint and he in turn handed it over to the Karunagappally police.

“We have registered a case in this regard. Action will be taken against those who posted the malicious comments and not against everybody,” said Karunagappally assistant commissioner of police Jayashanker.

A hate campaign was launched against Amritanandamayi on Facebook and other social networking sites following the release of a controversial book, ‘Holy Hell: A Memoire of Faith, Devotion and Pure Madness’, by a former disciple Gail Tredwel a few days ago.

Police clarified that the complaint was mainly against three Facebook pages on which defamatory contents against Amritanandamayi continued to appear during the past few days regularly. The complainants have also taken the printouts of the pages and handed them over to the police.

“Unlike confusions created in the past in connection with similar cases, we are not going after everyone who shared these posts and registered their ‘likes’. Our probe is in the direction of finding the origin of these posts,” said Karunagappally sub inspector Justin John. The assistance of the cyber cell of the police will also be sought in the investigation.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of Mata Amritanandamayi Math said the devotees filed the complaint with the knowledge of the math. The math suspects that various organizations and a section of media are involved in a conspiracy to bring disgrace to the sanctity of Amritanandamayi and her math.

Home minister Ramesh Chennithala, on Friday, said that the case was registered because a complaint was received. At the same time, the police cannot register a case just based on the allegations levelled in a book. It is not the duty of the police to register cases based on a book, the minister said.

Read More :  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thiruvananthapuram/FB-post-against-Amma-Police-register-case/articleshow/30831123.cms

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