The Allahabad High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Prof. Dr. Shaharyar Ali, accused of posting objectionable posts on social media against Union Minister Smriti Irani. A single bench of Justice JJ Munir, while ruling on the plea of the professor, said that the material posted by him promotes hatred among various communities.
High Court he said That a professor who is the head of the Department of History cannot be granted anticipatory bail by him for the conduct of hatred between the two communities. It cannot be considered freedom of expression. The court also said that the content posted on Facebook was also shared by co-accused Huma Naqvi, while in reality the post may promote hatred or hatred or all apprehension among various communities.
Explain that a District Minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party had filed a complaint against Ali regarding posting objectionable to Union Minister Irani. An FIR was registered against him under Section 505 (2) of the IPC, Section 67A of the IT Act.
To get bail in court, Ali’s lawyer said that his Facebook account had been hacked. He feels sorry for the post that was written in relation to Smriti Irani. The accused also said that they are being implicated at the behest of the District Minister of BJP. He has apologized regarding the post. The court said that there is no talk of account being hacked on social media and there is no post to apologize.
According to the report of Bar & Bench, Advocate Shashi Shekhar Tiwari, who is appearing in the case, said that the Facebook post made obscene remarks about a central government minister and a senior leader of a political party. A professor cannot be expected to make such a post. Trying to spread hatred between the two communities is not excusable. He is not entitled to get anticipatory bail.