Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani has been granted bail by a court in Assam’s Barpeta. He was arrested last week for his alleged misbehaviour with a woman police officer. The MLA is likely to get out of jail this evening.
He is a harsh critic of PM Modi. Earlier, he was arrested in a case over his tweet, in which he had written objectionable language against PM Modi. He was granted bail in this case but was re-arrested on April 25 over an assault case against a woman police officer.
In the new case against him, the MLA was accused of “assaulting and outraging” the modesty of a woman police officer.
Mr Mevani was first arrested on Thursday in Gujarat’s Palanpur by a team of Assam Police after a local BJP leader in Kokrajhar filed a complaint against him. Mr Mevani, an arch critic of PM Modi, has called his arrest “vendetta politics by the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office).”
“It is a conspiracy by the BJP and the RSS. They did this to tarnish my image. They have been doing this systematically. They did it to Rohit Vemula, they did it to Chandrasekhar Azad, now they are targeting me,” Mr Mevani told reporters on the day he got bail in the tweets case.
In the tweets case, the 41-year-old was charged with criminal conspiracy, offence related to place of worship, outraging religious feelings, and provocation that might lead to breach of peace.