Mamata's meme: Supreme Court grants bail to BJP worker Priyanka Sharma, waives apology condition

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 14, 2019, 11.59 AM(IST)

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The apex court ruled in its hearing that they can grant bail to Priyanka on a condition that she apologises to Mamata Banerjee.

 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to BJP worker Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested for sharing a morphed picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. While the apex court first asked the BJP worker to apologise to Mamata Banerjee, the condition was later waived off.

"Subject to Priyanka Sharma tendering an apology in writing for putting up an objectionable picture on Facebook account, she shall be immediately released. At the time of release, she shall tender an apology in writing," a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna said in its previous order.

The court called back Sharma's lawyer Neeraj Kishan Kaul and informed him that it was waiving the condition of apology.

Senior advocate Kaul, during the hearing, contended that asking for an apology will amount to infringement of the Right to Freedom of Speech.

Meanwhile, family members of the youth wing worker celebrated the decision of the apex court.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) youth wing convenor Priyanka Sharma was arrested on Friday after she was accused of sharing a morphed photo of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media.

Following her arrest, Priyanka was sent to jail for 14 days.

This is not the first time that Banerjee took action against someone who took a dig at her. In 2012, Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra of the Jadavpur University was arrested for forwarding a cartoon of the chief minister. In the same year, she had also termed a student "Maoist" for questioning her government`s policies. 

(With inputs from agencies)