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UP Police file case against Google CEO Sundar Pichai, remove his name later (possibly after a Google search!)

Police in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi filed an FIR against Google CEO Sundar Pichai and 17 others over a video that allegedly defamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the police dropped Pichai’s name later, reports said on Friday.

The names of the tech giant boss and three other senior officials of Google were removed after they were found not involved in the case, a report said. According to a case filed in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhelupur police station on February 6, besides Sundar Pichai, there are three Google India officials, including Sanjay Kumar Gupta, named in the FIR.

Reports said the FIR was filed following a complaint by a local resident who claimed that he got over 8,500 threat calls after he objected to a video he came across on WhatsApp and later on YouTube. Google is yet to respond in the case.

Others named in the FIR are Ghazipur district-based musicians who allegedly made the video song, a recording studio and a local music label company.

The FIR has been lodged under Indian Penal Code sections 506 (criminal intimidation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 120B (party to a criminal conspiracy), 500 (defamation).

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Charges under the Information Technology Act’s section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material) have also been invoked against the accused, according to the FIR.

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