Arrested for sedition, J&K youth gets bail, ‘motherland’ reminder

Tauseef Ahmed Bhat, charged with sedition by Chhattisgarh police for “liking and sharing” anti-India posts on Facebook was given bail on the basis of freedom of expression.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Raipur | Published:October 28, 2016 5:27 am
law5-759 Tauseef Ahmed Bhat was arrested for liking anti India page on facebook. (File)

Granting bail to Tauseef Ahmed Bhat, a J&K youth who was arrested on August 3 and charged with sedition by Chhattisgarh police for “liking and sharing” anti-India posts on Facebook, the High Court in Bilaspur has said the argument that he “had only liked the Facebook wall and has a right of freedom of expression cannot be appreciated” and “it cannot be ignored” that he has been “able to study and live a life of freedom in this country only”.


A graduate of Rungta College in Bhilai who worked with a mobile company, Bhat was arrested from a train in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh while on his way home to Kashmir following a complaint by members of the Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Justice Goutam Bhaduri granted bail to Bhat Tuesday, taking into account “that there was no serious law and order problem”, that Bhat was not the author of the Facebook pages and was not needed for further custodial interrogation.

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“The argument that the applicant had only liked the Facebook wall and has a right of freedom of expression cannot be appreciated. It cannot be ignored that the applicant is able to study and live a life of freedom in this country only. It cannot also be ignored that applicant is caring his livelihood in this very soil and is working for gain and is born and brought up here only,” the order stated.

“Had there been any suppression, the applicant could not have procured his qualifications for livelihood and an easy life. This country has nourished and protected the applicant to become an able citizen to earn his livelihood. This soil and country has provided food for survival to applicant like… other citizens and, therefore, is often called a motherland,” it stated.

“It is but expected that if anyone abuses his parents on Facebook in such case, he would not have shared it with a liking. Consequently, the applicant has to introspect himself and act accordingly,” the order by Justice Bhaduri stated, adding “had there been any heavy breach of peace after the incident, the applicant would have gone to local police for help or the local administration would have served him”.

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  1. R
    Oct 28, 2016 at 2:30 am
    There are other Kashmiris who are either neutral or know that Indian citizenship brings more benefits - so, don't bother with such bad apples. No all Kashmiris are that ideologically aligned.
  2. A
    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:19 am
    How these rogues exploit freedom of expression in India ? Send him to Porkistan to learn facts about "Azad Kashmir".
  3. M
    Oct 28, 2016 at 2:08 am
    it is very much understandable the notion of woman and that too mother is not very well weighed due to outlook of the fake interpretation of the importance of woman in the holy book. . no doubt .. when they cannot have repect for woman.. how cn they have respect for mother which is in the form of woman. . . nor can they under stand nourishment power of mother and mother land . .or just say mother animal too. . so it quite normal for them ot criticize and device all kind of cuss words on mother. . .criticize mother land, . .criticize repect for mother anilmal and eat it .. they do not know that the law is o their side and need not rely on mulla.
  4. I
    Oct 28, 2016 at 2:49 am
    First arrest and put geelani and his cohorts for actual acts of treason and sedition. Go after people pressing the like button on Facebook later. Poor and less powerful are easy targets for "nationalists" as well as terrorists. Surprised why courts don't throw away such cases in the first hearing only rather than entertain the same. Geelani can burn schools and order policemen out of streets, even then the state protects them like VIP.
  5. L
    l s
    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:11 am
    And this is our stringent sedition law. Ha .Ha.
  6. V
    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:54 am
    If Muhammed is criticized, it blasphemy and warrants death penalty, not freedom of speech!
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