Released after Assam’s arrest, MLA Jignesh Mevani gets sentenced in Gujarat
Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and nine others were convicted by the Mehsana Lower Court at a rally organized nearly five years ago. The “Azadi March” from Mehsana to Danera in the Banas Kanta district took place in July 2017 without police permission, and Mr. Mebani and others were convicted of an unlawful rally.
All of them have been sentenced to three months in prison and a fine of 1,000 rupees each.
Last month, Jignesh Mevani was arrested twice by Assam police on various charges.
He was arrested from the town of Palanpur in Gujarat by a team of Assam police after a complaint was filed about his tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He was granted bail in that case, but was arrested almost immediately on suspicion of sexual abuse by a female police police officer.
He was released on bail in the second case on Friday and was released the next day.
Shortly after, at a press conference held at Gujarat Legislative Headquarters, Mr. Mevani said he was imprisoned at the request of the Assam government’s “political boss in Delhi.”
“The actions of the Assam police are shameful. I was released on bail for nine days and suffered, but I didn’t complain. The Assam Justice Court called a spade with a frivolous FIR against me a spade. “Delhi,” Mevani told reporters, referring to a lower court bail order that the court said the second lawsuit against him was “successful.” The Barpeta Court accused the police, saying that “it is simply unthinkable to turn our hard-earned democracy into a police state,” and instructed the Assam police to “reform themselves.” I asked.