‘Fake’ tweet on Basirhat violence: Court awards anticipatory bail to RSS leader Rakesh Sinha

Meanwhile BJP Delhi spokesperson Nupur Sharma was also granted bail in the same case on Wednesday. The anticipatory bail was granted at the district and session court in Bankshall court premises.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 28, 2017 4:25 am

RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha was on Thursday granted anticipatory bail in a case involving him being tagged by BJP leader Nupur Sharma in a tweet in which she had passed off a picture of 2002 Gujarat riots as one of violence in Basirhat.

A complaint had been filed by one Manoj Singh, a resident of Shakespeare Sarani police station area, against Sharma, Sinha and two other BJP leaders after the tweet was published. Sinha was booked under sections 153A (promoting enmity in two groups), 505(1)(b) (intent to cause fear or alarm), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage feelings of any class) and 120B (criminal conspiracy), following which he moved court on July 21.

“He has been granted bail by the court today,” his counsel Brajesh Jha told The Indian Express. As per the case diary, custodial interrogation is not required, and the city sessions court granted him anticipatory bail on this ground,” said his counsel.

“Since trolls spent a sleepless night covering up Basirhat violence, sharing media images of the riots. Hope they report this to WB police too,” the tweet had said.

Meanwhile BJP Delhi spokesperson Nupur Sharma was also granted bail in the same case on Wednesday. The anticipatory bail was granted at the district and session court in Bankshall court premises.

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  1. Rakesh Sinha
    Jul 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm
    please correct the report.it gives first half information of judgment. I ma supposed to report IO of Kolkata police every week. this is missing from the news. Moreover, the complain on me is not that I was tagged by someone, whosoever may be, but my activity on social media and I displayed photo and the FIR is based o this unspecified complain. Was it a photo performing puja in Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujaain along with 85 year mother ! if not his than which photo? neither the police nor the court made me clear! I expect a fair report when democratic rights and prestige of person is concerned. The Express is known for fearlessly raising the issue of human rights. But this and earlier too reports gave a vague picture as if I committed some crime on social media. Facebook, Twitter are not something secret, they are open for public scrutiny. thanx Rakesh Sinha
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      Jul 28, 2017 at 10:27 am
      Honorable SC, must consider and remember one thing that, BJP is the only political party started membership drive via mobile sms. They have huge mobile data base and IT section. Since mid 2013, BJP using these mobile membership datas for political publicizes, by means of sending various msg or short video clips against of someone or parties. BJP may not be doing it directly, but must have given on contract basis to some advertising company likes building or movies promoting companies does. Hence, I will request SC or HC to pay little attention and stop these kind of drives
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