THE ANDHERI Metropolitan Magistrate has granted bail to production house executive Barun Kashyap, who was arrested last week for allegedly filing a false complaint about an autorickshaw driver harassing him over his leather bag.
Kashyap’s lawyer Vijay Hiremath said that the bail was granted with a surety of Rs 15,000. “One of the conditions of the bail is to give his (Kashyap’s) proof of residence. Since he is in prison, we have not been able to provide the relevant documents yet. Due to that, bail is yet to be secured,” Hiremath said. The lawyer had argued that Kashyap was falsely implicated, adding that no case is made out against him under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc.)
AAP leader Preeti Sharma Menon, whom Kashyap had approached for legal assistance, said they were trying to get the required documents from his family members, who live outside Mumbai. After his arrest last week, Kashyap is learnt to have gone on a hunger strike alleging mental torture by the Amboli police.
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In August, Kashyap had written a Facebook post stating that he had been threatened by an autorickshaw driver. Kashyap had said that the driver commented on his leather bag, asking him if it was made of cowhide. He then drove Kashyap to a location, where some other persons joined the driver and ‘let Kashyap go with a warning.’ A complaint was then registered against unknown persons.
The police later claimed that their investigation showed the incident never took place. Kashyap was then arrested by the Amboli police on allegations of giving false information to create a rift between communities.