A person was arrested from Gujarat for posting allegedly objectionable feedback in his tweets towards Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his minister-son Aaditya
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea for bail of a person who was arrested from Gujarat for posting allegedly objectionable feedback in his tweets towards Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his minister-son Aaditya.
A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian requested the counsel for Sameer Thakkar to strategy the Bombay High Court with the plea saying that it could additionally uphold his elementary rights.
“The High Court can also uphold your fundamental rights. It can also transfer the case and grant you bail. Then why are you coming under 32 (under Article 32 of the Constitution, writ pleas are filed in the Supreme Court).
“You please go to the High Court,” the bench informed senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani who was showing for Thakkar.
Mr Jethmalani mentioned that Thakkar has been arrested for “bailable offences” and this can “shock your Lordships”.
“We are quite immune from shock. We see it everyday. Nothing shocks us,” the bench noticed and requested him to strategy the High Court.
Meanwhile, the counsel for Maharashtra mentioned the State is not going to oppose the bail plea of the accused within the magisterial court docket on Monday because the custodial interrogation of Thakkar was over within the case.
Mr Jethmalani mentioned that as many as three FIRs had been lodged towards Mr Thakkar for his tweets solely and he was arrested on October 24 from Rajkot.
Then he was taken to Nagpur on transit remand and was quizzed in police custody for his tweets and furthermore, his custody was prolonged as effectively.
“His neck was tied with rope and he was paraded on roads,” the senior lawyer mentioned.
“What makes you think that we are approving all this. We are only telling you repeatedly that you can make these arguments before the High Court. Let us have the view of High Court,” the bench mentioned.
Mr Jethmalani then withdrew the plea of Mr Thakkar, who apart from searching for bail, had sought consolidation of three FIRs resgistered towards him for the posts.
Mr Thakkar, who has 59,000 followers on Twitter and is adopted by some distinguished authorities functionaries on the social media platform, was arrested from Rajkot on October 24 over his posts.
He has been granted bail in a single case by a Nagpur court docket and was arrested by Maharashtra police in reference to different FIR.