Kannada actor Chetan Kumar was granted bail on Thursday, two days after being arrested over an anti-Hindutva tweet.
Kumar’s tweet stated that “Hindutva is built on lies” and then listed what he claimed are the “lies”.
The popular Kannada actor was sent to judicial custody for 14 days by the 13th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court in Bengaluru.
Kumar was arrested after Bajrang Dal member Shivkumar had filed a police complaint against the Kannada actor.
The case against Kumar was registered under Section 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) and 505B (Statement conducing public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The court granted him bail on a surety of two persons and a Rs 25,000 bond.
This is the second time in just over a year that Kumar has been arrested for a tweet. Last February, he was arrested for tweeting against a judge who was hearing pleas against a ban on Muslim students wearing hijabs in schools.
Chetan Kumar, a fiery anti-caste activist and a Fulbright scholar, is better known for his activism and social work – he works with several organisations on the welfare of farmers Dalits and tribal people.