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BJP worker Priyanka Sharma has moved the Supreme Court against her arrest for sharing a morphed image of Mamata Banerjee on social media.
Sharma was arrested on Saturday and was subsequently sent to 14 days of judicial custody for sharing a morphed image of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media. This move by the State’s Police has been widely criticised as an attack of the freedom of expression.
Senior Counsel Neeraj Kishan Kaul, representing Sharma, mentioned this case for urgent hearing before the vacation Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna.
Kaul submitted that there has been a complete cessation of legal work in the State of West Bengal since April 25 following a “brutal attack” on lawyers in Howrah Court by the State Police. Owing to this strike, Sharma has no recourse to any legal remedy in the state, and has thus approached the Supreme Court.
The Court has agreed to hear the matter on Tuesday, May 14.
A police complaint was filed by Bivas Chandra Hazra after Priyanka Sharma posted her status on Facebook. Here is the complaint copy and the status message of Priyanka Sharma.