Trinamool’s Saket Gokhale, who was accused of spreading “fake news” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and later arrested by Gujarat police, was released on bail on Thursday.
Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien tweeted that the party’s national spokesman had been released on bail, adding that they were “always ready to fight for what is right”.
national spokesperson of @AITCofficial not fear @SaketGokhale was released on bail a few minutes ago in Ahmedabad. Thank you to the legal team led by @advmajeedmemon Former Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha. Have inspiration from @MamataOfficial we are all ready to fight for the good fight
— Derek O’Brien | ‘ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) December 8, 2022
Gujarat police have alleged that Mr Gokhale made false accusations that Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Gujarat’s Morbi – where a bridge collapse killed more than 140 people – in November prompted the state government to paid Rs 30 billion – about six times the total amount of compensation offered. for the victims of the tragedy. He also forged documents for his tweets on the subject, police sources have alleged.
The government’s fact-checking unit targeted the tweet, accompanied by what appeared to be a newspaper clipping. “RTI reveals Prime Minister’s visit to Morbi costs Rs 30 crore,” it said. The Press Information Bureau, during its verification on December 1, said it was fake news and that “no such RTI response has been issued”.
Bengali Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee supported her party leadership and called the arrest the result of the “hateful attitude” of the BJP government.
“It was a very bad and sad (incident). Saket (Gokhale) is a smart man. He is very popular on social media. He made no mistakes,” Mamata Banerjee said. .
“I condemn this hateful attitude. He (Saket) was arrested for tweeting against the Prime Minister. Everyone also tweeted against me… We really feel sorry for the situation,” she said. said more.