Mohd Nayeem, 24, a Shahjahanpur-based cricketer, had never thought that a heated discussion with his close friends on a WhatsApp group will land him in jail. On the night of June 18, after India lost to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final, a dejected Nayeem got into an argument with his friends and wrote that “the Indian team deliberately lost that match as it was already fixed. The Indian team had taken money to lose this match.”
A day later, an FIR was registered against him and two of his friends at Chowk Kotwali police station under Section 66 A of the IT Act.
The action against Nayeem was taken on a complaint filed by Rajkamal Vajpai, a local cricketer who is attached to BJP Yuva Morcha. Vajpai, who was also part of the WhatsApp group, produced a screenshot of the chat history in front of Shahjahanpur police chief KB Singh, who later ordered an FIR in the matter.
He was however granted bail on Thursday after police reported to the court that Nayeem has a clean past record. “The court has granted bail to my client as he has not harmed anyone and doesn’t have any criminal history” Nayeem’s lawyer concluded.
By Anshuman Roy