Tweet against Pawar: Bail granted to student

Tweet against Pawar: Bail granted to student
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One-liner: The Bombay HC on Tuesday granted bail to a 22-year-old pharmacy student from Nashik, who was arrested last month for an objectionable tweet against NCP chief Sharad Pawar. 

A student: A bench said the HC could not lose sight of the fact that Nikhil Bhamare was just a student, and that he had been in jail for over a month for a social media post.

Six FIRs: Bhamare faces six FIRs registered in different districts of the state over that one tweet.

Defamatory: Though the tweet does not name Pawar, the Maharashtra police have claimed that it is defamatory and that it promotes enmity between different groups on the basis of religion or race.

Granted bail: Bhamare was granted bail in the first and the sixth FIRs by two magistrate courts, while his pleas in the second and third FIRs were rejected and he had approached the HC challenging the two orders. 

In custody: Bhamare was arrested by Nashik police on May 19, following a complaint against him over the said tweet and he has been in custody since then.

No multiple FIRs: The petitioner's counsel argued that the SC in previous cases, particularly those filed by journalists Arnab Goswami and Amish Devgan, had made it clear that multiple FIRs must not be registered against someone for one offence.

  • The law requires that all FIRs be clubbed together. Or, a common statement be recorded, he said

Caution needed: Chief public prosecutor Aruna Pai told the court that the state was opposing Bhamare's bail pleas based on the judgment that the HCs must exercise their powers with caution.

Source: PTI

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