Jantar Mantar Hate Speech: ‘Was Framed,’ BJP’s AshwiniUpadhyay Says After Release on Bail2 min read

                                                                                                              BY- Braj Kishore Mishra

A magistrate court of Delhi on August 11 has granted bail to the BJP leader and advocate in Supreme Court of India, Ashwini Upadhyay who was arrested in association with raising anti-Muslim slogans and threatening speech during a demonstration at the Jantar Mantar. These protests were attended by more than hundreds of people to participate in ‘Bharat JodoAandolan’ where AshwiniUpadhyay was also a speaker.

The whole issue comes to light when a video went viral showing the raising of anti-Muslim slogans during the protest. Responding to the video circulated, Delhi police on Monday registered a case and detaining Ashwini Upadhyay. On Wednesday, Mr. Ashwini Upadhyay was represented in the trial court along with a team of advocates including the Supreme Court Bar Association president along with some other advocates. In accordance with the produced arguments, the Metropolitan Magistrate Udhav Kumar Jain granted bail to Ashwini Upadhyay on a bond sum of Rs 50,000. The prosecution opposed the application of bail by stating that the release of the accused may seriously harm the common peace and result in further chaos and public disorder. The court while granting him bail commented that “ the investigation is in the initial phase, that however does not imply that liberty of the accused is curtailed on mere assertions”.

“There is nothing on record to show that alleged hate speech to induce enmity between different communities was done in the presence of accused or up to his best knowledge.” said the Magistrate in the order. Soon after his release, Ashwini Upadhyay became active on Twitter and retweeted the support messages. Mr. Upadhyay later released a video on Twitter demanding a uniform civil code which was reflected in his alleged hate anti-Muslim speech in the demonstration at Jantar Mantar.