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Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani Sent to 5-Day in police custody in assault case

By Priyanka Verma 
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Gujarat: Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani was on Tuesday, April 26, remanded to five days police custody by a local court of the Barpeta district of Assam, in connection with ‘assaulting police officials’. The court also rejected his bail petition.

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Chief Judicial Magistrate Mukul Chetia remanded Mevani to police custody when he was produced in his court in the afternoon.

Mevani has been booked under IPC sections 294 (uttering obscene words in public), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assaulting a public servant in the execution of duty) and 354 (using criminal force to a woman intending to outrage her modesty).

The case was filed at the Barpeta road police station on April 21, in which Mr Mevani has been accused under laws dealing with obscene acts or words in public, voluntarily causing hurt, using criminal force to deter public servants from discharge of his duty and outraging of modesty.

The MLA’s counsel said he will move the bail petition at a higher court in Barpeta tomorrow.

“We are absolutely surprised. There was not a whisper about the assault on officials when he was under police custody for three days. Suddenly after he was granted bail, he was shown as rearrested,” Mr Mevani’s lawyer said yesterday.

The Dalit leader, who received bail on Monday in a case involving tweets against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was arrested immediately after in the second case involving the woman constable.

Mr Mevani was initially arrested from Gujarat’s Palanpur on Thursday after a complaint was filed against him by a leader of the Assam BJP over his tweets on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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