Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Sameet Thakkar granted bail after 21 days in police custody

Sameet Thakkar has been granted bail by a magistrate court in Mumbai. In all, he spent 21 days in police custody.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain an Article 32 petition filed on behalf of Sameet Thakkar for transfer and consolidation of investigation in FIRs filed against his tweets and asked him to appear in the High Court.

Thakkar was arrested by Mumbai’s BKC cyber police for allegedly objectionable tweets against Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray.

Thakkar was sent to a six-day police custody by a Mumbai court after being arrested by Mumbai’s VP Road police in the same case. He was re-arrested after he got a bail in the case. His most recent arrest allegedly was on a complaint by a lawyer, attached with the Shiv Sena.

Thakkar’s brother Rishi Thakkar had met Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, seeking his intervention for the release of his brother.

In a shocking visual, Thakkar was brought to court bound; with a black cloth covering his face. This shocked netizens, including BJP MP Varun Gandhi who asked ‘Is he a danger to the nation?’, terming it ‘against tenet of humanity’. Thakkar’s brother – Rishi opined, “It’s human rights’ violation by police as my brother’s hands were tied & face was covered with black cloth when he was brought to court today. They treating him the way hardcore terrorist is treated”.


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