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Bail to TMC’s Saket Gokhale in case on alleged misuse of crowdfunded money denied by Gujarat Court

A Magistrate court in Ahmedabad ,Gujarat has denied bail to the spokesperson Saket Gokhale of TMC in a case registered against him for misuse of money collected via crowdfunding.

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Chauhan said that a case for cheating, criminal breach of trust and forgery have been registered against Gokhala under the Indian Penal Code.

The judge denied him bail and sent him to judicial custody.

The Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Branch on December 30, 2022 had arrested Gokhale from Delhi.

A first information report (FIR) was lodged against Gokhale on a complaint filed by a local resident who claimed to have donated ₹500 through online mode.

This was Gokhale’s third arrest in recent times by the Gujarat police.

Earlier, Gokhale was arrested by the police on December 6, 2022 for his tweet that stated that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Morbi after the bridge collapse, had cost ₹30 crore to the exchequer.

On the tweet based on Gokhale’s December 1 social media ,an FIR was lodged, whereby he was booked 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.

Gokhale got bail from an Ahmedabad court after his remand ended on December 8. However, the TMC leader was again arrested the same day by the Morbi police for the same offence registered there.  

However, the next day on December 9, the Court granted him bail and he was released before he was arrested in the present case.

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