Priyanka Sharma, the BJP leader who was arrested for sharing a meme on West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, on Wednesday said that she was brutally “tortured” in jail.
Addressing a press conference soon after her release, Sharma said she was illegally kept in jail for five days despite being granted bail by the Supreme Court of India for posting a Mamata Banerjee meme. The Supreme Court on Tuesday modified its order and waived off condition of apology on BJP youth wing worker Priyanka Sharma. The court ordered that Sharma be released immediately.
“I will not apologise” – Said Priyanka
Priyanka Sharma said, “My bail was granted yesterday, but still I wasn’t released for another 18 hours. They didn’t allow me to meet my advocate and family. They made me sign an apology.” She added, “I will fight this case. I will not apologise.”
Clear violation of the fundamental rights- Priyanka
Launching a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha functionary said the state government doesn’t allow freedom of speech, which is a clear violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Priyanka Sharma after she said she won’t apologise for sharing the meme added, “There is anarchy all across Bengal and I am being jailed for sharing a meme,” said Sharma. The Supreme Court had ordered her release on Tuesday and told her to apologise to Mamata Banerjee.
The photo was used by Priyanka Sharma is a superimposition of Mamata Banerjee’s face on the image of actor Priyanka Chopra in Met Gala costume and make-up. h
The BJP youth wing activist’s mother had claimed her daughter’s arrest was politically motivated. The arrest had provoked anger and strong protests, not just by the BJP but also by other social media users.
The Supreme Court observed that a hearing in Sharma’s application seeking action against the West Bengal police authorities will take place during the first week of July.
Earlier, a professor was arrested for his caricature of the West Bengal chief minister.
Political figures and their supporters in the country have often taken grave offence to morphed photos and memes of the leaders. The statute under which the arrests are made is Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. The Supreme Court had struck the provision down in an order of March 2015 but it still continues to be used as a weapon of choice by police across the country.
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