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Morbi Bridge: Gujarat court grants bail to TMC spokesperson Saket Gokhale in case against him for tweet about PM visit

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A Gujarat court has been granted bail to the spokesperson of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Saket Gokhale in a complaint which was filed against him over his tweets about visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Morbi after the suspension bridge collapse.

TMC Member of Parliament Derek O’Brien tweeted that Gokhale who was arrested at the airport in Jaipur by the Gujarat police on December 5, has been granted bail by a court in Ahmedabad today.

TMC spokesperson was represented by a team led by Advocate and former Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Memon.

A Magistrate Court in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s has remanded Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesperson Saket Gokhale to police custody till December 8

The arrest was based on a complaint against his tweet relating to RTI information on the Morbi bridge collapse.

The tweet had said that  as per the RTI Modi’s visit to Morbi for a few hours cost ₹30 crores. Of this, ₹5.5. crore was purely for ‘welcome, event management, & photography’. 135 victims who died got ₹4 lakh ex-gratia each i.e. ₹5 crore.

The tweet highlighted on the point that just Modi’s event management & PR costs more than lives of 135 people,

A senior BJP leader Bhalabhai Kothari lodged a complaint before the Ahmedabad cyber crime cell on December 1, taking aback by the tweet.

An FIR was lodged booking the spokesperson under Sections 469 (forgery to harm reputation), 471 (using as genuine a forged document/electronic record), 501 (printing defamatory matter), and 505(b)(statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.

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