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Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani gets bail in case over ‘Defamatory’ tweet on PM Modi

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Guwahati: Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, arrested over a ‘Defamatory’ tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been granted bail today by a local court in Assam. The MLA, who has been quite vocal about his criticism of PM Modi and his government, was sent to judicial custody for a day on Sunday after his three-day police custody ended and he was produced before the court.

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“The Kokrajhar court has granted bail. We are completing the formalities,” Angshuman Bora, Mevani’s counsel said. His lawyers, however, said they suspect that another case has been filed against the MLA in neighbouring Barpeta district and that he is likely to be re-arrested.

He was produced at the Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Assam’s Kokrajhar district Sunday. The local court had then reserved the judgment on his bail petition for Monday, and sent Mevani to judicial custody for a day.

The MLA from Vadgam and famous Dalit leader was arrested by Assam Police on Wednesday in connection to an allegedly defamatory tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and was taken to Guwahati by flight on Thursday morning. He was then taken by road to Kokrajhar district, where a local court had sent him to police custody for three days.

A case was lodged against him under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), section 153(A) (promoting enmity between two communities), 295(A), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), and sections of the IT Act.

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The details of the tweet are not known as it was deleted by the authorities for legal reasons.

The party leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday termed the Mevani’s arrest as “undemocratic” and “unconstitutional” and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot imprison the truth by trying to “crush” dissent.

The Assam Police had registered a case against Mevani under non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code like conspiracy to create enmity between two communities, insulting the community, and disturbing the atmosphere of peace based on a tweet he shared a few days ago.

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