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Mamata Banerjee meme: SC removes apology condition, grants bail to BJP worker Priyanka
5/14/2019 12:46:41 PM

New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to the BJP worker arrested by the West Bengal Police for allegedly posting a morphed image of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media.

While hearing the bail plea on Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked BJP Yuva Morcha leader Priyanka Sharma to apologise to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for posting the meme.

"She is a member of the political party. Elections are going on. At this stage, we are not on the aspect of criminal law. We are asking for an apology because it is election time," the Supreme Court bench said.

The Supreme Court added that freedom of expression can't be allowed to violate someone's right. "Someone's feelings have been hurt. There has to be an apology," the Supreme Court said.

The Supreme Court, however, called back Priyanka Sharma's lawyer NK Kaul and modified its order to waive off the condition of apology.

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ABOUT THE CASE

Priyanka Sharma, a BJP Yuva Morcha leader, was arrested on May 10 by the West Bengal Police under section 500 (defamation) of the IPC and under other provisions of the Information Technology Act on the complaint of a local Trinamool Congress leader Vibhas Hazra, her plea had said.

The BJP worker was reportedly forced to move the Supreme Court as there was a strike in local courts till May 14 in Howrah and because Priyanka had been remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a Howrah local court on May 11.

Sharma allegedly shared on Facebook the photo in which Banerjee's face has been photoshopped on to actor Priyanka Chopra's picture from the MET Gala event in New York arrest was followed by protests from the BJP and other social media users.
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