Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani will stay in judicial custody tonight as his bail order from a court in Assam is likely to come tomorrow in connection with a case filed over his tweets on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The court reserved its order today.
Mr Mevani was arrested on Thursday from Gujarat’s Palanpur by a team of Assam police after a local BJP leader from Kokrajhar filed a complaint against him. Mr Mevani – an arch critic of PM Modi – has called his arrest “vendetta politics by the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office)”.
The 41-year-old has been charged with criminal conspiracy, offence related to place of worship, outraging religious feelings, and provocation that might lead to breach of peace.
In his complaint, BJP leader Arup Kumar Dey has alleged that Mr Mevani’s tweet is “likely to incite a section of the masses belonging to a certain community”.
In an interview to NDTV, Mr Dey said Mr Mevani has been “trying to divide people by his posts and always speaks negatively about Prime Minister Modi”.
“We are lucky to have Modiji as our Prime Minister and Mevani is trying to link his name with the recent (incidents of) violence. Is Prime Minister Modi responsible for that? He says Godse is Prime Minister Modi’s God, what proof does he have?” he told NDTV.
The Congress has alleged that the arrest -within 24 hours of the complaint — was made with an eye to the coming assembly elections in Gujarat, a state the BJP has been ruling since 1995.
“Modi ji, you can try to crush dissent by abusing the state machinery. But you can never imprison the truth,” Congress’s Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Mr Mevani, an Independent MLA from Banaskantha’s Vadgam seat, had said he would fight the next elections as a Congress candidate.