Facebook 'violation' makes panchayat see red, impose Rs 50,000 fine

Feb 27 2014, 17:59 IST
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Libang uploaded statements on Facebook alleging that the principal misappropriated 40 per cent of total students' fee. (Reuters) Libang uploaded statements on Facebook alleging that the principal misappropriated 40 per cent of total students' fee. (Reuters)
SummaryA Facebook post made panchayat cast tradition aside, bring errant youth into line.

A village court here has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a student of Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNC) Pasighat in East Siang district for making false allegations against his college principal on Facebook.

Mibom Libang, a first year (BSc) student was found guilty yesterday of posting false and wild allegations against Tayek Talom, the college principal, official sources said today.

As the local people besides the teaching community of JNC and students reacted sharply against the allegation, the locals took up the matter with the Kebang (public trial), which was chaired by a senior citizen at Mirbuk village last Friday where the student confessed the offence.

Accordingly, he was imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 for his derogatory and defamatory remarks.

Libang uploaded statements on Facebook alleging that the principal misappropriated 40 per cent of total students' fee of the college in Facebook in Adi language.

But the Kebang found after an inquiry that the statement made by the student was totally false and baseless.

When contacted, the principal confirmed the incident and added that the student had sought public apology through Facebook and the college notice board for his action.

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