Now there is speculation that the state government could target those who are active in social media, if required. Not long ago the Chennai police had arrested a few men including an Assistant Professor for posting obscene remarks and unsubstantiated allegations against popular singer Ms Chinmayee.
In the present form Goondas Act is invoked only against habitual offenders, but after amendment it can be invoked against even first time offenders or a single offence that has the propensity to disturb public peace.
Though the Tamil Nadu government had invoked Goonda's Act against many DMK functionaries over the last one year the Madras High Court had struck it down in a few cases. The DMK strongman late Mr Veerapandi Arumugam was among the few who were released from jail on bail following direction by court.
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