Kishorchandra Wangkhem released on bail
Kishorchandra’s post mere expression of opinion against public conduct of a public figure in a street language: Court
IMPHAL | Nov 26
Former ISTV staff, Kishorchandra Wangkhem, who was recently arrested by police for reciting obscene words against Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and chief minister, N. Biren in a video shared at social media was released on bail by the chief judicial magistrate, Imphal West.
It is reported that Kishorchandra was arrested by police on November 20 from his house for posting four video clips that “brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by the law of India, recites or utters obscene words in social media platform, thereby defaming the present Prime Minister and chief minister of Manipur under section 124-A/294/500 IPC.”
Kishorchand had posted a recording on social media in which he came out abusing the stance of the chief minister regarding a function organised in regard to Rani of Jhansi being a freedom fighter, for which Kishorchand had contradicted.
The video he had posted has questioned the role of Rani of Jhansi being linked with the freedom movement of Manipur. He had also used strong invectives in his video update.
The order mentioned, “I find the said words, terms and gesture used by the gesture used by the accused and the context in which they are used and the comment made by the accused cannot be termed seditious to attract offence under section 124-A IPC.”
“It appears to be mere expression of opinion against the public conduct of public figure in a street language.”
“It does not appear to me to such which is intended to create enmity between different groups of people community, sections etc nor does it appear to be one which attempts to bring hatred, contempt, dissatisfaction against the government of India or of the State. It is mere expression of opinion against the Prime Minister and chief minister of Manipur which cannot be equated with an attack to invite people to violence against the government of India or Manipur to toppled it,” it added.
Kishorchandra had been subjected to police custody for a period of six days after he was produced before the duty magistrate on November 21.
Speaking to media persons, counsel of Kishorchandra said there is no merit and prima facie to invoke these sections against Kishorchandra.
Asserting that it is against the right to freedom of speech and expression as mentioned in the Article 19 (1) of the Indian Constitution, he said, “As far as my knowledge is concerned, criticism is needed in the developing country for better governance.”
Challenging the alleged misuse of power by police over common people in such cases, a senior advocate has already filed a PIL before the apex court of the country seeking to make sure to prevent such untoward actions of the police and to extend personnel liberty, added the counsel.
Today, the court heard his bail petition filed through his counsel and released on bail after executing him PR bond of Rs.70, 000 and producing one surety.
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