In India WhatsApp group admin arrested over 'offensive' content

The arrest comes on the back of a recent ruling in India that people who run accounts that see people share false or misleading information could be sent to prison.

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A WhatsApp group administrator in India has been arrested for allegedly circulating derogatory images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The 30-year-old man, Krishna Sannathamma Naik, from Murudeshwar area was reportedly arrested in the state of Karnataka, and later released on bail.

This comes on the back of a recent ruling in India that people who run accounts that see people share false or misleading information could be sent to prison.

READ ALSO: WhatsApp group admins can now be jailed over fake news

An Indian magistrate ruled that any information that is factually incorrect or misleading that is posted on Whatsapp and Facebook could result in a report by the police against the group administrator.

And barely a week after the new law, there has been an arrest.

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Police sources said a photograph of Modi was morphed "to look ugly and obscene" and was shared by a member of the 'The Balse Boys' group. But a complaint was lodged against the administrator.

Apart from Krishna Sannathamma Naik, another accused, named Ganesh Naik, was also arrested but was later released on bail.

A third accused, Balakrishna Naik, is reportedly on the run.

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