Attorney Vibhor Anand, who was accused of tweeting offensive statements against Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackery and spreading rumors of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, was released on bail by the Mumbai Sessions Court. The court found that he was influenced by news outlets like Republic TV and its host Arnab Goswami.
The judge for additional sessions, DE Kothalikar, accepted the request for bail after the defendant’s attorney accepted that his client regretted what he did and would post a letter of apology online. The defendant was ordered to put on personal bail of £ 50,000 prior to his release.
According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the defendant’s attorney told the court that his client had watched a television news channel called “Republic Bharat” which, according to Anker, stated that Sushant and Disha Salian had been murdered.
Furthermore, the applicant’s lawyer allegedly said his client believed the SSR case was not a suicide but a murder after hearing comments on Republic Bharat.
He said his client watched Republic Bharat and Republic TV to keep up-to-date and that Anand was “made to believe” that the statements on the news channel were correct.
The defense also said that Anand has had an impaired mental state for the past few months due to chronic alcohol abuse. Anand’s lawyer said he was being treated in a hospital and that he couldn’t remember the posts or tweets for which he was arrested.
Anand was arrested on October 15 and taken into custody by a local court three days later. His first request for bail was denied by the judge on October 23. He then moved to a trial court in Mumbai.
Although Anand has been given bail, the court suspended his order until November 6, pending prosecution to appeal
Anand’s Twitter account was banned and in his bail request he said he didn’t know his tweets could spark any controversy. The Mumbai court has granted him bail under two conditions of personal bond and apology issued within seven days of the order being issued.
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