Principal urges HC to quash FIR filed by peon for WhatsApp joke
A school principal has urged the Bombay High Court to quash an FIR filed against him by a peon for forwarding a joke on a WhatsApp group which allegedly violated provisions of the IPC and the SC/ST Act.
A bench of Justice Prakash Naik and Justice S C Dharmadhikari, in an order on April 7, asked the principal of private school here to file an affidavit by April 20, stating if he was prepared to tender an unconditional apology for sharing the joke.
The HC said it would pass an order after hearing both the parties on April 20. The principal and the peon of the private school were in the WhatsApp group in which the former forwarded the joke, which referred to jobs obtained through reservation. On reading the post, the peon felt aggrieved and filed an FIR against the principal under IPC section 153 A (promoting enmity among people on grounds of religion, race, residence and language and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony).