Allahabad High Court grants anticipatory bail to journalist
The Allahabad High Court has granted anticipatory bail to a journalist and one other particular person booked for allegedly attempting to destroy a poll field and resorting to firing together with villagers throughout voting for the panchayat polls in April.
The journalist had claimed that he was focused as he had reported by his Twitter deal with in regards to the alleged irregularities within the polling sales space by the authorities and influential individuals.
Shiv Pratap, a reporter of Hindi newspaper Pratap Kiran, was on April 19 masking the gram panchayat election at a sales space in Utrash village in Pratapgarh district.
An FIR was lodged in opposition to him and others below Sections 147, 148, 149, 395, 397, 332, 353, 504, 506, 427, 336, 307 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, Section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act and Sections 131, 132 (3), 135 (A) of the Representation of the People Act on the Kandhai police station.
The villagers and the journalist and his affiliate tried to destroy the poll field and fired photographs, authorities counsel mentioned within the courtroom.
However, counsel for the accused journalist claimed that due to his protection of the mismanagement, the authorities had been irritated with him. Police personnel reached the spot and began beating the voters when an objection was raised, he advised the courtroom.
The FIR was lodged in opposition to the native villagers however the journalist was dragged into the problem solely due to his protection of the information associated to the mismanagement, his counsel mentioned.
While granting him anticipatory bail on June 9, Justice Rajeev Singh noticed, “ … it is evident that mismanagement of the authorities was flashed on Twitter by the applicant No.1 who is the journalist and other applicant is related to him, therefore, the applicants are entitled for interim bail.”