Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has granted interim relief to Abdul Ghadiyali who was accused of allegedly putting up a disrespectful post on social media about Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Justice SK Shinde granted anticipatory bail to Ghadiyali saying that in the event of arrest, he shall be released on executing bail bond of Rs 20,000. The court has also issued notice to the complainant.
The court has also directed the investigating officer to take steps to block the Facebook account of Ghadiyali to prevent further circulation of the post.
A case was registered against Ghadiyali at Mumbra police station under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Information Technology Act and Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly putting up disrespectful post against Dr Ambedkar.
The complainant, Pravin Pawar, claimed that Ghadiyali had disrespected Dr Ambedkar who is held in high esteem.
However, Tahera Qureshi, advocate for Ghadiyali, argued that he had been falsely implicated in the case since he was an RTI activist and a whistleblower. An unknown person had created a Facebook account in Ghadiyali’s name and posted it through his account. He disowned the account as well as the post, argued Qureshi.
Additional public prosecutor AD Khamkhedkar informed the court that Mumba police has requested Cyber Cell, Thane to verify the IP address and such other details and submit a report.
The report is expected in a month’s time, said Khamkhedkar.
While granting anticipatory bail to Ghadiyali, justice Shinde observed, “Therefore, unless it is ascertained, whether the account was a fake one, it would not be appropriate to deny the applicant protection.”
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