Mumbai: The controversial social media activist, Sameet Thakkar, who got arrested for posting tweets against the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, his son Aditya Thackeray and Nitin Raut, was released from the jail on Tuesday afternoon. He was granted bail by a Mumbai court on Monday.
Rishi Thakkar, his elder brother, who went to Mumbai to bring him from the jail said that they had been waiting outside the jail since 8 AM on Tuesday waiting for his release even after the court had ordered his release on Monday.
Earlier, Thakkar also approached Supreme Court seeking release on bail with his counsel Mahesh Jethmalani.
The Supreme Court had rejected his application and asked Thakkar to approach the appropriate forum. Advocate Rahul Chitnis appearing for the Maharashtra government stated in Supreme Court that they would not oppose Thakkar’s bail as his interrogation is over.
Sameet Thakkar, a Nagpur resident, got himself in soup after posting tweets against the Thackerays and Nitin Raut. Three cases were registered against Thakkar in Nagpur, VP Road police station Mumbai, and BKC Cyber Police. He approached Bombay High Court to get bail and requested the court to quash all FIRs against him. The court provided him protection from the arrest but asked him to cooperate in the investigation.
He was first arrested on October 24 by Nagpur Sitabuldi police and spent nine days in custody. He was rearrested on November 2 after the court granted him bail. BKC police then arrested him on November 10 after he got bail on November 9. He was finally granted bail in the third case on November 16.
As the Shiv Sena accused Sameet Thakkar of being a member of the BJP IT cell, his elder brother Rishi claimed that he is neither affiliated to BJP nor RSS. “Yes our family is an ardent supporter of Sangh Parivar, including the BJP and the erstwhile Jansangh since the days of my grandfather, Ramniklal Thakkar,” says Rishi. His elder brother even met the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for an intervention in the matter. He took a strong exception over the behaviour of state police against his younger brother. Sameet was brought to a Nagpur court last month with a disparaging black cloth covering his face. “Its human rights’ violation by police as my brother’s hands were tied with rope and face was covered with black cloth when he was brought to a Nagpur court last month. They had treated him the way hard-core terrorists are treated,” he said and asserted that they would approach the Human Rights Commission against the action of state police.