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‘Defamatory remarks’ against Sharad Pawar: Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale gets bail

Chitale was arrested for allegedly posting defamatory and derogatory poem against NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Facebook.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: June 23, 2022 12:58:21 am
Ketaki Chitale

Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale was granted bail on Wednesday by the Thane sessions court in connection with the FIR lodged against her last month for allegedly posting a defamatory poem on Facebook purported to be against NCP chief Sharad Pawar. She was granted bail in the case filed by Kalwa police and is likely to be released on Thursday.

In May, Chitale had allegedly shared a poem on her Facebook account, attributed to another person, that mentioned only a surname (Pawar) and an age (80). But it also referred to the physical ailments the 81-year-old NCP chief suffers from. Apart from the FIR filed at Kalwa, Chitale also faced FIRs in other parts of the state, including in Pune and Pimpri.

In the Kalwa case, Chitale was booked under charges pertaining to sections 500 (defamation), 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory) and 505 (2) (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.

Chitale had told the court that the police had not complied with laid down procedures while arresting her. Her lawyers Ghanshyam Upadhyay and Yogesh Deshpande also said that the Bombay High Court had on Tuesday granted interim bail to Nashik resident Nikhil Bhamre, who was also arrested for allegedly posting a defamatory statement. The HC had restrained the police from arresting Bhamre in two other FIRs till further hearing in his plea after three weeks.

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Meanwhile, Chitale had last week approached the HC seeking quashing of more than 20 FIRs against her. She was granted bail in connection with a case filed by Rabale police for offences under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Chitale’s plea had said that the Kalwa police should have given her notice under Section 41A of the Criminal Procedure Code, which mandates that the investigating officer would have to issue a notice of appearance before an arrest is made.

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First published on: 22-06-2022 at 04:46:39 pm

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