SC censures West Bengal govt over delay in release of BJP activist Priyanka Sharma

Priyanka Sharma, BJP, West bengal, Mamta Ban
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday censured the West Bengal government over delay in the release of BJP Youth Wing Convenor Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested for sharing a meme of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, despite the court ordering her release on Tuesday.

“The arrest was prime facie arbitrary,” the top court said, adding it would have issued contempt notice if she was not released.

When Sharma’s lawyer told the court that she was released at 9.40 am today, the court said, “Why 9:40 am? The order was passed in your presence?”

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“Despite the Supreme Court ordering immediate release, she was kept in jail for around 24 hours and it’s humiliation. She was forced to sign an apology before release… We were told that the closure report in this case has been filed… If closure report was filed, where is the need for apology?” said Neeraj Kishan Kaul, senior advocate appearing for Sharma.

The Supreme Court said it will take up the apology issue in July.

The top court on Tuesday granted bail to BJP worker Sharma after waiving its earlier condition that she tenders a written apology to the Bengal CM.

Priyanka, a member of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in Bengal’s Howrah, posted an image of Banerjee’s face photo-shopped on Priyanka Chopra’s Met Gala look on her Facebook account. She was arrested on Friday (May 10) and sent to jail for 14 days.

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