Three AAP activists sent to judicial custody till Aug 2

The AAP activists were arrested for putting up posters with proactive message against Congress MLAs in their area.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:July 19, 2014 5:49 pm
The court has kept pending their bail pleas. (Source: PTI photo) The court has kept pending their bail pleas. (Source: PTI photo)

A Delhi court Saturday remanded three Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists to judicial custody till August 2 for allegedly instigating people and putting up posters with proactive message against Congress MLAs in their area.

Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi unit secretary Dilip Pandey, Ram Kumar Jha and Javed Ahmed were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Sheetal Chaudhary who sent them to 14-day judicial custody.

“I find enough material on record which could substantiate the prosecution claim that it can create enmity among different classes/communities,” the magistrate said.

The court has kept pending their bail pleas.

Pandey, Jha, a printing and logistic incharge, and Ahmed, a designer, were arrested yesterday for allegedly instigating the people and putting up posters with proactive message against Congress MLAs in their area.

Seeking 14 days judicial custody of the three, the public prosecutor argued that the police have to conduct further investigation in the case to find out who was behind it.

Prosecutor Nidhi Bala said the investigation is at an initial stage and the purpose of their arrest was that they were influential people and they should not influence witnesses or tamper with evidence.

She told the court that Ahmed had sent an e-mail to Pandey and Jha with the copy of the design of the poster to which Jha had replied with okay.

Thereafter, Ahmed sent another e-mail of the final design of the poster to them to which nobody replied so this was understood that the design was accepted.

Opposing the arguments of the prosecutor, advocate Rahul Mehra, who appeared for the accused, said when Pandey did not reply to the alleged mails of Ahmed, this showed no case was made out against him and there was no material against him.

He submitted that lots of banners were printed during the general elections and it was the mistake on the part of Ahmed and Jha that they did not properly see and pay attention to these posters.

He added that there was no bad intention behind it and they had not done it intentionally.

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    Sane
    Jul 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm
    Never mind! The posters called these MLAs "traitors to the community" for joining BJP, trying to play on Muslim sentiments. Watch out AAP, another libel lawsuit is coming your way. As per AAP then, no Muslim should join BJP.Muslims are free to join any party they wish. Just because they didn't join yours, does not mean they are traitors!
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      Sane
      Jul 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm
      What happened to freedom of speech? What laws is the judiciary implementing? Can Indians be just put in jails for putting up posters - no trial, nothing. This is ridiculous.I dont like AAP, but seriously, they have a right to free speech. Any law that takes away their freedom by just jailing them, is ridiculous.
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