Journalist Mandeep Punia, Arrested From Farmers’ Protest Site, Gets Bail

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New Delhi:

A Delhi courtroom right now granted bail to freelance journalist Mandeep Punia who was arrested on Sunday from the Singhu border level between the town and Haryana the place an enormous variety of farmers have been protesting for months.Mr Punia was granted bail by the Rohini courtroom on a assure of Rs 25,000.

The bail order mentioned, “It’s a properly settled authorized precept of legislation that ‘bail is a rule and jail is an exception’.”

The journalist was arrested by the Delhi police beneath varied sections beneath the Indian Penal Code for “obstructing public servant in discharge of public capabilities”, “assault or prison pressure to discourage public servant from discharge of his obligation”, and “voluntarily inflicting harm to discourage public servant from his obligation”.

“…the alleged scuffle incident of current case is of round 6.30 PM. Nonetheless, the current FIR was registed at round 1.21 AM on the subsequent day. Furthermore, the complainant, victims, and witnesses are police personnel solely. Therefore, there isn’t a risk that accused/ applicant can in a position to affect any of the police officers,” the bail order mentioned.

Chief Metropolitan Justice of the Peace Satvir Singh Lamba had yesterday reserved the order for right now after listening to the arguments of the accused as properly the general public prosecutor. Advocate Akram Khan, showing for Mr Punia, advised the courtroom that the accused was merely finishing up his journalistic duties.

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Mr Khan mentioned that one other journalist was detained together with Mr Punia however was launched round midnight. The explanation the police gave totally different remedy to the accused was as a result of he was not carrying a press card, the counsel mentioned.

“Accused is a contract journalist and never carrying a press card could be no grounds for a case or arrest. The accused is a well-respected member of the society being a journalist, together with being a frequent contributor to the Caravan journal,” he mentioned.

The Delhi police sought the dismissal of bail software, saying he could once more bask in instigating the protesters and create nuisance on the protest website. The company mentioned the accused tried to interrupt the barricades and scuffled with police personnel deputed on extremely delicate legislation and order association.

Mr Punia, it mentioned, neither cooperated nor did he disclose any identify of his associates.

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