Assam Court Rejects Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani’s Bail Plea, Sends Him to 3-Day Police Custody


New Delhi: The court of the chief judicial magistrate, Kokrajhar in Assam on Thursday, April 21 rejected the bail petition of arrested Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and sent him to three-day police custody, the New Indian Express reported.

Mevani was arrested by the Assam Police at 11:30 pm on Wednesday (April 20), from the Circuit House in Palanpur, Gujarat.

According to Deccan Herald, the arrest was over recent tweets in which Mevani had called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a supporter of Nathuram Godse, who assassinated M.K. Gandhi. Modi, who “considers Godse as God,” should appeal for peace and harmony against communal clashes in Gujarat, Mevani had said.

According to Mevani’s aides who were present during the arrest, the policemen who picked up Mevani were not carrying a copy of the FIR and were unwilling to disclose what the chargers against the political leader were. The newspaper said the reasons behind the arrest were revealed only when a group of Congress supporters created a ruckus at Ahmedabad airport.

The document the police showed them suggests that a case was filed against Mevani on the basis of a complaint by Anup Kumar Dey, a BJP executive member in Assam’s autonomous Bodoland Territorial Council, under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 153(A) (promoting enmity between two communities), 295(A) (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and various sections of the IT Act.