A filmmaker has been arrested for tweeting a picture that shows India’s home minister with an official accused of corruption.
Avinash Das shared a photo of Amit Shah with Pooja Singhal, who has been arrested in a corruption case.
Ms Singhal was arrested in May in a money laundering case. She denies the allegations against her. Das is the second high-profile person recently detained over a social media post.
Last month, police arrested journalist and fact-checker Mohammad Zubair for a tweet he posted in 2018.
Police in the western state of Gujarat filed a complaint against Mr Das in June, saying his post was intended to mislead people and tarnish Mr Shah’s image. Police also registered a separate case against Mr Das for sharing a picture of a woman wearing the national flag on his Facebook and Instagram pages. Indian law does not allow the national flag to be used as clothing.
On Monday, he was arrested in Mumbai city.
To avoid arrest, the filmmaker had approached the high court in Gujarat in June to get pre-arrest bail, but his plea was rejected. He has now approached the Supreme Court, which will hear his petition on Friday.
Mr Das is best known for directing Bollywood film Anaarkali of Aarah in 2012 and the 2022 Netflix series She.