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Court grants bail to Sameer Thakker after 21 days’ custody for tweets against Thackeray

Amitha Muraleedharan

Sameer Thakkar, a Nagpur resident, was granted bail by a Mumbai Magistrate Court on a surety of Rs 25,000.

Thakkar was arrested for allegedly making offensive comments against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and state minister Aaditya Thackeray on social media.

Thakkar was arrested by the Mumbai police on October 24. The case of arrest was based on a complaint filed by Dharmendra Mishra, a lawyer having ties with Shiv Sena.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain an Article 32 petition filed on behalf of Sameet Thakkar for transfer and consolidation of investigation in FIRs filed against his tweets and was asked to appeal in the High Court.

Chief Justice of India S A Bobde has asked Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, for Thakkar, to withdraw the plea and approach the Supreme Court.

Jethmalani stated, “Please see my Affidavit. These are all bailable offences, and I have been arrested. Please see what has happened. If your Lordships are not shocked by this, then nothing will shock you.”

To which, CJI replied, “We see such matters every day. We are immune from such shocks. Nothing will shock us now.”