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Madhya Pradesh High Court grants bail to man arrested in July 2020 for anti-CAA WhatsApp status

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The Madhya Pradesh High Court has granted bail to a man accused of posting a WhatsApp status against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 on the condition of going for counselling and following the counsellor’s instructions.

A single bench of Justice Virender Singh has directed the accused to present himself before Social Worker Advocate Rashmu Pandey in the first week of February, March and April 2021 for counselling.

A case was registered against the accused Anwar for his WhatsApp status that read, “You shot a bullet in Delhi, we made MP and Shajapur Shaheen Bagh (NO CAA NRC).” He was arrested on July 2, 2020 and has been in detention since then. According to the prosecution, the WhatsApp status was prejudicial to the maintenance of religious harmony and could have adversely affected public tranquility. 

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The High Court granted bail to the accused after he promised before the Court that he will not commit any such act that would affect national identity and integrity and will submit an undertaking regarding this before the subordinate court.

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