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Assam court rejects Mevani’s bail plea; awarded him 5-day police remand

The police asked for 12 days’ remand but the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Barpeta sent him to five days of judicial custody.

A local court in Assam’s Barpeta district has rejected the bail plea of Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani and remanded him five days of police custody on Tuesday.

Reportedly, the police asked for 12 days’ remand but the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Barpeta sent him to five days of judicial custody.

Mevani’s lawyer and senior advocate Angshuman Bora said he would now move the “bail application on a higher forum” in the next few days.

MLA Mevani was re-arrested by Barpeta Police on Monday for the second time in connection with another case after he was granted bail in the matter connected to his tweet about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The second arrest was made under the Indian Penal Code sections of assault or criminal force to deter public servants from discharge of duty and assault or use of criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty.

The case was registered on the basis of a complaint filed at Barpeta Road police station by a woman police inspector from Kokrajhar on April 21.

As per the complainant, Mevani had allegedly hurled “slang words” at her and “physically pushed her” while they were in the government vehicle on the way from Guwahati airport to Kokrajhar on April 21.

The alleged assault took place when the vehicle was crossing Simlaguri in Barpeta district.

First Published: 26th April, 2022 18:30 IST



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