STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Communal slogans case: Delhi court grants bail to BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay

The prosecution opposed the bail on the grounds that release of the accused will create further law and order situation.

Published: 12th August 2021 09:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2021 09:13 AM   |  A+A-

Ashwini Upadhyay

BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay goes.

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to advocate and former BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay arrested in connection with anti-Muslim speeches made at Jantar Mantar on August 8.Metropolitan Magistrate Udbhav Kumar Jain granted relief to Upadhyay.   “As far as the offence under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc) of IPC is concerned, except for a mere assertion, there is nothing on record to show that the alleged hate speech... was made in the presence or at the behest of the accused,” the  court said.

There was no chance that the accused will abscond, the court said. It noted that the probe was at a nascent stage, but said  that “does not imply that liberty of a citizen be curtailed on mere assertions and apprehension”. Upadhyay was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and surety of like amount and subject to the conditions that he will not leave the country without the court’s permission and will appear before the court during  each and every hearing. 

The prosecution opposed the bail on the grounds that release of the accused will create further law and order situation.There are chances that the accused will create communal disharmony, it said.Defencing Upadhyay, senior advocate Vikas Singh termed his arrest as “blatant abuse of power by the police”. It was an admitted fact that the accused was present at the spot in the morning and not at the time of alleged incident relating to hate speech, he submitted.



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.

edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp