Tweet criticising PM Modi: Assam court grants bail to Jignesh Mevani

An Assam court on Monday granted bail to Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani in a case over a tweet criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mevani was arrested by Assam police last week for a purported tweet in which he claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi “considered Godse as God”.

Mevani’s three day police custody had ended on Sunday, after which he was produced before the court late in the evening. The court then sent him to one-day judicial custody.

The vocal Dalit leader apprehended from Palanpur town in Gujarat on Wednesday after a First Information Report (FIR) under various sections of the IPC and the IT Act was filed in Kokrajhar Police Station by a BJP leader over his purported tweet.

The Congress and other Opposition parties stage protests in Assam in support of Mevani following his arrest.