Supreme Court gives seven-day protection from arrest to Mamata's critic Anirban Das

Das moved the apex court citing the prolonged strike of lawyers in the state and said he fears that his liberty is at grave risk.

Published: 30th May 2019 03:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th May 2019 03:15 PM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court

Supreme Court. (File Photo | EPS)

By IANS

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday granted seven-day interim protection to Anirban Das, a social activist who is apprehending arrest in a criminal case filed in Bengal's Alipurduar for publishing a Facebook post critical of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Das, through his counsel Dipak Kumar Jena, submitted before the court that he is apprehending arrest as the police is acting on the direction and guidance of its political masters.

Das moved the apex court citing the prolonged strike of lawyers in the state and said he fears that his liberty is at grave risk.

He contended before the court that the FIR against him was targeted at suppressing his freedom of expression, and he has been falsely implicated in a criminal case.

He also informed the court he had already tendered an unconditional apology to the person concerned, the Alipurduar Town BLock Trinamool Youth Congress Committee President, who lodged the FIR against him.

"The petitioner only made general criticism against the government of the day on Facebook, but police the registered an FIR", said Das in the petition. Das has allegedly published the criticism against Banerjee on April 24.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp