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21-Year-Old Spends Five Months in Jail for a WhatsApp Message He Didn’t Send

A 21-year-old named Junaid Khan has been languishing in jail for the past five months for an objectionable message that was sent on a group he was part of.


The BSc student from Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh, was arrested for being the admin of the group. He has been in jail since 14 February and was booked under the IT Act and IPC Section 124 A for sedition.


However, his family argues that he was not the admin originally.


“Junaid was a member of the group, but not the admin. When the matter came to light, he was in Ratlam on family work. It was then that the admin left the group. Another member became admin by default, but he too quit. Junaid became group admin by default. But he was not the admin when the post was originally shared,” Junaid’s cousin Farukh Khan told the Times of India.


This information was not volunteered by Junaid’s family at the time of arrest, said the police. “Junaid’s family members did not say this when he was arrested,” Pachore station police-in-charge Yuvraj Singh Chouhan told the publication. “Now, after the challan has been put up in court, they say he was the ‘default admin’. If they have any evidence, they should produce it in court.”