Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari has been removed from the post and will now be moving to the US in a new role, a top official of the company has confirmed. Manish Maheshwari has now been given responsibility as a Senior Director in the Revenue Strategy and Operations department of the social media giant.
"We can confirm that Manish is staying at Twitter, and moving into a new role based in San Francisco as Senior Director, Revenue Strategy and Operations focused on New Market Entry," Yu Sasamoto VP of Twitter - Japan, South Korea and Asia Pacific (JAPAC) region said in a tweet.
Maheshwari had been in the news ever since he was summoned by the Ghaziabad Police under Section 41-A of the CrPC in June. He had then moved the Karnataka High Court as he resides in Bengaluru. On June 24, the high court, in an interim order, restrained Ghaziabad police from initiating any coercive action against him.
The Ghaziabad Police on June 15 booked Twitter Inc,Twitter Communications India Pvt.Ltd. (Twitter India), a news website, journalists Mohammed Zubair and Rana Ayyub, besides Congress leaders Salman Nizami, Maskoor Usmani, Shama Mohamed and writer Saba Naqvi.
They were booked over the circulation of a video in which an elderly man Abdul Shamad Saifi alleges that he was thrashed by some young men, who also asked him to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' on June 5. According to police, the video was shared to cause communal unrest.
Earlier today, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the microblogging giant of "interfering in the national political process" and said shutting down of his handle amounted to "attack on the country's democratic structure".
Intensifying the Congress offensive against Twitter, Gandhi, in a video statement on YouTube titled "Twitter's dangerous game", alleged that it was not a neutral and objective platform and was "beholden to the government."
Questioning Twitter's action of blocking accounts of his party and many of its leaders including him, Gandhi said the company was denying millions of his followers the right to an opinion, which was unfair.
"It's obvious now that Twitter is actually not a neutral, objective platform. It is a biased platform. It's something that listens to what the government of the day says," Rahul Gandhi alleged.