After KRK, another Indian decides to take on Twitter legally for suspending his account

SC advocate Sanjay Hegde (left) Movie critic and Bollywood actor Kamaal R Khan (right)

In 2017, ‘Deshdrohi’ actor and Bollywood critic Kamaal R Khan, popularly known as KRK, had threatened legal action against micro-blogging site Twitter for suspending his account and not restoring it. It was suspended after he gave bad review of Ajay Devgn starrer film ‘Shivaay’. He had even sent a legal notice to Twitter though his lawyers.

KRK had said that his suspended Twitter account left him in agony and was so depressed he had even threatened to commit suicide over his suspension.

Almost two years later, another Indian has threatened to take Twitter to courts. According to a report by ThePrint, senior Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde has decided to take the social media platform to court. In fact, quite the lawyer that he is, he has even decided to move international court to restore his Twitter account if need be.

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Hegde’s account was suspended last week over alleged violation of Twitter rules and he had appealed to Twitter to restore his account. On Tuesday morning, however, Twitter said his account will not be restored.

Twitter refusing to restore Sanjay Hegde’s account (image: ThePrint)

As per Twitter, to create a safe space for users, if an account indulges in hateful conduct by uploading sensitive content on profile or header image, name, bio, location or website, it is violation of rules. Hegde told ThePrint that he is left with no other option but to migrate to other platform and to take Twitter to court over his suspension of account. He is examining all options including taking this matter to international courts.

Hegde’s account has been suspended multiple times in last few weeks. Earlier in October, he claimed his account was suspended for having the Nazi resistance image as his header image. His account was restored after the image was deleted. Next day, as per him, his account was suspended for a 2017 tweet where he had shared a Gorakh Pandey poem titled ‘Hang Him’.

Meanwhile, about a month after Twitter suspended his account, Bollywood critic and actor Kamaal R Khan’s account was restored. Thereby, Twitter hinted that KRK is not some 2 Rs person. However, it remains to be seen how much worth Twitter attaches to Hegde.

OpIndia Staff: Staff reporter at OpIndia
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