The Bombay High Court on Monday granted 4 weeks bail to journalist Rana Ayyub in the FIR registered by the UP police over her tweet on the Ghaziabad incident. The bench of Justice P.D. Naik ordered that protection could be granted to Rana Ayyub so that the journalist is able to approach the court to seek relief.
In the event of arrest during the period of four weeks, the applicant be released on executing a PR Bond of 25,000 with one or more sureties”, the bench ordered.
Senior Advocate Mihir Desai, who appeared for Ayyub, told the bench that she was a globally renowned journalist who has won several awards for her work and contended that she had only made a tweet based on news reports about the incident of the Muslim man being attacked.
The FIR alleges that the accused circulated the video of the incident on their Twitter handles without checking the authenticity of the video. The FIR also alleged that the accused have shared this video to give a communal angle to the incident with the intention to incite communal hatred between the religious communities and wanted to disturb the public order.
The FIR also states that the views expressed while sharing the videos weren’t individual opinions, rather they were shared with a clear intention, and the sharing of the video indicates a criminal conspiracy and intended to incite communal hatred between the Hindu and Muslim communities