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“The Wire” Editor Siddharth Varadarajan Granted Anticipatory Bail [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 16 May 2020 10:37pm

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On 15 May 2020, Hon'ble Justice Chandra Dhari Singh of the Allahabad High Court has granted anticipatory bail to Mr. Siddharth Varadarajan. Mr. Varadarajan, Editor, online news portal "The Wire", who had filed the instant application under Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973

Section 438 lays down the provision for Anticipatory bail and this provision can be invoked by a person who has a “reasonable apprehension” that he may be arrested for committing a nonbailable offense.

Background of the Case: 

An FIR had been filed against Mr. Varadarajan at Kotwali Ayodhya Police Station under Sections 66D (Punishment for cheating by personation by using computer resource) & 67 (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of Information Technology Act 2000, Sections 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) & 505(2) (Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) of Indian Penal Code, 1860, Section 54 (Punishment for false warning as to disaster) of Disaster Management Act 2005 and Section 3 of Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.

The complainant had lodged an FIR on April 01, 2020, under the aforementioned sections after a report was published by "The Wire" on March 31, 2020, titled as "Covid-19 Cases Spike in Nizamuddin Nehru Stadium in Delhi to Become Quarantine Centre", which was also tweeted by Mr. Varadarajan on March 31 and April 01, 2020. 

It was alleged that these tweets were defamatory towards the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

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