The Bombay High Court Monday granted transit anticipatory bail to journalist Rana Ayyub in connection with an FIR against her for sharing the video of an elderly Muslim man being assaulted in Ghaziabad. The court granted her protection from arrest for four weeks.
A single-judge Bench of Justice Prakash D Naik was hearing Ayyub’s application seeking protection from arrest to enable her to approach a competent court in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the FIR registered by Loni Border Police in Ghaziabad on June 15.
The FIR was filed against Ayyub and others for offences punishable under sections 153 (giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings ), 505 (statements conducting public mischief) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
It was alleged that she had circulated the video on Twitter without verifying its authenticity.
Appearing for Ayyub, senior advocate Mihir Desai sought protection from arrest to enable her to approach an appropriate court for seeking relief in connection with the FIR.
After hearing submissions, the Bench observed, “Since investigation is being conducted by concerned police and since the concerned court will be dealing with the case on merits, it is not necessary to adjudicate on merits of application. However, to enable the applicant to approach the appropriate court, the protection can be granted for a temporary period of four weeks.”
“In the event of arrest, the applicant will be released on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 with one or more sureties. The protection will be granted for a period of four weeks,” the HC stated.