Kolkata: A BJP woman leader was arrested in West Bengal’s Howrah district for allegedly sharing a morphed picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media, police said on Friday.
“Priyanka Sharma has been arrested for sharing a morphed picture of the CM,” a police official said.
A complaint was lodged at Dasnagar Police station against Sharma, a BJP Yuva Morcha leader, accused of uploading and sharing Banerjee’s morphed picture in her Facebook timeline and thereby violating community guidelines, an official of Howrah City police’s Cyber Cell said.
In making meme of Banerjee, the accused allegedly used Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s image at the MET Gala event. The theme for this year’s MET Gala was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’.
Priyanka had brought whimsy and animation to the pink carpet with a vibrant, yet unique Dior gown at the event which is an annual fundraiser.
Produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Howrah on Saturday, 25-year-old Priyanka Sharma was slapped with non-bailable charges and sent to judicial custody for two weeks
As per complaint by local Trinamool Congress leader Vibhas Hazra, she was arrested and booked under Section 500 of the IPC (defamation), and Sections 66A (offensive messages) along with the non-bailable 67A (punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act, etc., in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act.