The Mumbai Police have arrested actor and film critic Kamaal Rashid Khan, popularly known as KRK, in connection with an alleged defamatory tweet posted by him, an official said on Tuesday.
Khan was nabbed from the Mumbai airport late Monday night after he arrived from Dubai, the official from Malad police station said.
The police did not reveal details of the tweet. However, reports suggest that the tweet in question was about late actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor.
The complaint was filed by Yuva Sena member Rahul Kanal.
On April 30, 2020, Khan had taken to Twitter to announce Rishi Kapoor’s hospitalisation and tweeted saying that the actor must not die as wine shops were set to open soon.
The official said that a lookout circular had earlier been issued against him.
An FIR was also registered against him in 2020 under various Indian Penal Code sections including 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 500 (punishment for defamation), and provisions of the Information Technology Act, he said.
The city police came to know about his arrival on Monday and immediately arrested him, the official said.
In 2016, Khan had claimed that he was paid to tweet in favour of a movie by filmmaker Karan Johar.