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Journalist Faces Legal Action for Highlighting Power Outages

Journalist Faces Legal Action for Highlighting Power Outages

FIR Filed Against Journalist for Tweeting About Power Cuts in Telangana, A journalist is facing legal trouble after tweeting about the persistent power cuts in the city. The incident has stirred significant controversy, drawing attention to both the power issues and the response of the authorities.

FIR Filed Against Journalist for Tweeting About Power Cuts in Telangana

Revathi, operating the Twitter handle “@revathitweets,” posted a tweet five days ago criticizing the prolonged power outages in the city. Her tweet quickly gained traction, going viral and attracting widespread attention. However, this did not sit well with the authorities.

The TGSPDCL Assistant Engineer of the Autonagar Section, Dileep, lodged a complaint at the L B Nagar police station. He accused Revathi of making false allegations and deliberately tarnishing the reputation of both the State government and the TGSPDCL.

Legal Actions and Charges

In response to the complaint, the police registered a case against Revathi. The charges include Sections 505 of the IPC and 66(D) of the IT Act. These sections pertain to the spread of false information and the use of digital platforms for defamation, respectively. The police have initiated an investigation into the matter.

Journalist’s Response to the FIR

Revathi responded to the FIR with a tweet of her own, expressing her disbelief and defiance. She wrote, “MY MEDAL OF HONOR: AN FIR. In a BIZARRE move, an FIR has been lodged against me while the actual culprits from Telangana Power & Co, who harassed a female consumer in broad daylight, walk free!” Her tweet highlights her perspective on the situation and suggests that there are more pressing issues being ignored.

Impact and Public Reaction

The public reaction to the FIR against Revathi has been mixed. Many social media users have shown support for her, emphasizing the importance of freedom of speech and the right to criticize public services. Others, however, have sided with the authorities, arguing that spreading unverified information can lead to unnecessary panic and defamation.

Broader Implications for Freedom of Speech

This incident raises broader questions about freedom of speech and the role of journalists in holding public services accountable. While authorities have a duty to protect their reputation from false claims, it is equally important to ensure that individuals can freely express their concerns about public services without fear of legal repercussions.


The case against journalist Revathi for tweeting about power cuts underscores the tension between maintaining public order and protecting individual freedoms. As the investigation unfolds, it will be crucial to monitor how this case influences the discourse on freedom of speech and accountability in public services.

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