Nashik student booked for post on Sharad Pawar gets bail in one case

A Nashik student, who was booked for a social media post on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar was granted bail in one of six cases filed against him.

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Nikhil Bhamre, a 22-year-old pharmacy student, has been granted bail in the case filed against him at Vartak Nagar Police station in Thane.

Bhamre was arrested on May 27 by the Vartak Nagar police station and brought before a magistrate court in Thane, where he was granted three days of police custody before being transferred to judicial custody.

After Bhamre was placed in judicial custody on May 30, his lawyer, Aditya Mishra, filed a bail application on his behalf. Earlier, he was arrested by Nashik Police and then Thane Police in separate cases involving a social media post on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.

The case in Vartak Nagar was filed under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, including sections 294 (Obscene acts), 500 (defamation), 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication), and 67A (transmitting sexually explicit content) of the Information Technology Act.

The allegation was that a photo posted by Bhamre showed Maharashtra cabinet minister Jitendra Awhad's daughter in a bad light. The FIR was, however, not registered by Awhad's daughter but by a party worker.

Advocate Aditya Mishra, appearing for Bhamre, had argued that the multiple FIRs registered against Bhamre after posting about Sharad Pawar were different from the present one.

The complainant in the current FIR is not connected to or affected by any of the incidents mentioned in the FIR, nor is the complainant the aggrieved party. The alleged victim in this case has not initiated the filing of this FIR, stressed Mishra.

He further argued that "the police have filed an FIR under pressure of a third party and made violations of the provisions of the contempt of court act and they have also mentioned in the remand report that they want to investigate the intentions of the accused. The definition of recovery has been defined in the Indian evidence act and police cannot assume or presume with regards to it."

The prosecution, on the other hand, had vehemently opposed the bail plea, stating that granting bail would result in evidence tampering and that the accused had committed the same act multiple times.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the court granted bail to Bhamre on June 7.