SC Declines to Captivate Bail Plea of Person Jailed for Objectionable Tweet Against Uddhav Thackeray, Asks Counsel to Go to HC
The Supreme Court Monday declined to captivate a plea for bail of a guy who was apprehended from Gujarat for publishing allegedly objectionable remarks in his tweets against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his minister-son Aaditya. A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian asked the counsel for Sameer Thakkar to approach the Bombay High Court with the plea stating that it can likewise support his basic rights.
” The High Court can also promote your fundamental rights. It can also move the case and grant you bail. Then why are you coming under 32 (under Post 32 of the Constitution, writ pleas are submitted in the Supreme Court). “You please go to the High Court,” the bench told senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani who was standing for Thakkar.
Jethmalani stated that Thakkar has been apprehended for “bailable offences” and this will “surprise your Lordships” “We are rather immune from shock. We see it daily. Absolutely nothing shocks us,” the bench observed and asked him to approach the High Court. Meanwhile, the counsel for Maharashtra said the state will not oppose the bail plea of the accused in the magisterial court on Monday as the custodial interrogation of Thakkar was over in the event.
Jethmalani said that as many as three FIRs had been lodged versus Thakkar for his tweets just and he was detained on October 24 from Rajkot. Then he was taken to Nagpur on transit remand and was quizzed in authorities custody for his tweets and moreover, his custody was extended also.
” His neck was connected with rope and he was paraded on roads,” the senior attorney said. “What makes you think that we are authorizing all this. We are only informing you repeatedly that you can make these arguments prior to the High Court. Let us have the view of High Court,” the bench said.
Jethmalani then withdrew the plea of Thakkar, who besides looking for bail, had looked for combination of 3 FIRs resgistered against him for the posts. Thakkar, who has 59,000 followers on Twitter and is followed by some popular federal government functionaries on the social networks platform, was apprehended from Rajkot on October 24 over his posts.
He has been granted bail in one case by a Nagapur court and was jailed by Maharashtra police in connection with other FIR.
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