- Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani was granted bail by a court in Assam's Barpeta district.
- He was arrested in case of alleged assault of a woman police officer, moments after he got bail.
- Mevani was first arrested on April 19 from Palanpur for tweeting against PM Modi.
Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, who was arrested on Monday, was granted bail by an Assam court on Friday. He was arrested in a case related to an alleged assault against a woman police officer.
In a twist of events, while granting bail, the Assam court said that pulled up the state police for lodging a "false FIR". Barpeta District and Sessions judge Paresh Chakraborty granted bail to Mevani on a Personal Recognisance (PR) bond of Rs 1,000 in the case filed at the Barpeta Road police station. The court had heard Mevani's lawyer and the public prosecutor on Thursday on the bail application and reserved the order for Friday.
Mevani was arrested only moments after he was granted bail on Monday. He was initially arrested last week for a tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was picked up by a posse from Assam Police last week from Gujarat for the tweet in which he had claimed that Modi "considered Godse as God".
'Conspiracy from PM's office'
Soon as he was released on Friday, Mevani alleged that his arrest was a mere 'conspiracy from the PM's office'.
"I have faith in the Indian judiciary, I had to get bail. BJP & PM Modi arrested me just for a tweet & kept me in jail in Assam, what message do they want to give? This was a conspiracy planned at PM's office," the Dalit leader alleged.
"I will fight against BJP & RSS all my life," he said.
Mevani's back-to-back arrest
Mevani, an Independent MLA backed by the Congress, was first arrested on April 19 from Palanpur town in Gujarat, and was brought to Kokrajhar for tweeting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It is alleged that he assaulted the woman officer when she was accompanying him from Guwahati airport to Kokrajhar along with senior police officials.
In this case, he was booked under IPC sections 294 (uttering obscene words in public), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assaulting a public servant in the execution of duty) and 354 (using criminal force to a woman intending to outrage her modesty).
The court had Tuesday sent him to five days in police custody.