Bombay HC grants anticipatory bail to Journalist arrested by UP Police as video circulated created communal unrest

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Snehal Upadhyay-

The High Court of Bombay granted transit anticipatory bail to journalist Rana Ayyub for 4 weeks with regard to an FIR registered by Uttar Pradesh police, alleging her for circulating a video in which an elderly Muslim man claimed that he was thrashed and asked to chant “Jai Shri Ram”.

In the FIR the Uttar Pradesh police have stated that the video was circulated in order to bring communal unrest in the state.

Rana Ayyub’s counsel Mihir Desai told the Court that as she’s a journalist she had to put the video on her Twitter handle but when she came across the fact that the video was fake she immediately deleted the video from her Twitter account.

“On June 16, when she came to know that the content of the video was not correct, she deleted the same,” Desai said.

The counsel further said that the offences which are framed in the FIR against Rana are all punishable with 3 years’ imprisonment hence, she should be given time to approach the Court in Uttar Pradesh to seek relief.

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