Hyderabad: Social networking site Facebook has refused to share the IP addresses of its users who are facing criminal charges for posting abusive comments against Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

In November last, the Chaderghat police here received a complaint from a group of TRS leaders against one Ramakrishna Akuthota for allegedly posting derogatory comments against CM KCR on Facebook. As part of investigation, the cyber crime police requested Facebook to disclose the IP addresses from where the comments were posted on different occasions.

On Wednesday, the Facebook is reported to have replied to the police saying they can't share the IP addresses as it goes against their privacy policy.

Stunned by the reply from FB, the city police has written to the Union Home Department seeking its intervention.

The Telangana police are investigating into several cases of abusive posts against the CM.

The Telangana police arrested two youths from Mandhapally village in Duggondi mandal of Warangal Rural district, for allegedly abusing the Chief Minister, in a video on Facebook in September last.

As the video began spreading on social media, a complaint was lodged by TRS Duggondi mandal president Akula Srinivas.

A case had been registered under Section 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC and Section 57 of IT Act.

This comes a week after a conductor of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) was suspended from service for posting comments on social media against KCR.

The conductor from Nizamabad-1 depot, identified as D. Sanjeev, had criticised the government’s policies on Facebook during the Singareni Collieries’ Workers Union election.

Sanjeev allegedly wrote that the government would cheat the coal mine workers as it did to the TSRTC employees. However, the TRS backed TBGKS won the elections with huge majority.

In his posts, he also wrote against the TSRTC for forcing them to work for at least 16 hours without giving an off, the next day.

One of his posts read, “The government claims that it had given Rs 250 crore to the RTC from the GHMC but in reality, the TSRTC did not get even a single paisa.”