Priyanka had shared an image of Priyanka Chopra at the MET Gala, but the image was superimposed with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's face.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted BJP Youth wing leader Priyanka Sharma unconditional bail after she was remanded to judicial custody for sharing a morphed image of West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee.
Priyanka had shared an image of Priyanka Chopra at the MET Gala but had superimposed Mamata’s face over the image.
Sharma’s bail plea was mentioned before the bench for urgent hearing on Monday, but the bench had agreed to hear the appeal today.
A vacation bench consisting Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said, “Subject to Priyanka Sharma tendering an apology in writing for putting up an objectionable picture on Facebook account, she shall be immediately released. At the time of release, she shall tender an apology in writing.”
The Supreme Court had also said, “ Is there any difficulty in apologising? We are asking her to apologise for herself. Freedom of speech ends where it affects others rights”.
Priyanka’s lawyer Neeraj Kishan Kaul said that she was being made to apologise only because she was a part of BJP and not because of the meme itself.
Earlier this week, Sharma’s mother had said that her daughter’s arrest was motivated politically and her arrest had received severe backlash from BJP workers and other social media users.
Last Updated May 14, 2019, 2:53 PM IST