Vibhor Anand, who was arrested last month, was given bail after announcing he would apologize online.
A Mumbai court has bailed Delhi-based attorney Vibhor Anand, who was arrested by Mumbai police last month for spreading conspiracy theories about the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and alleging allegations against Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. The Mumbai court granted him bail after he announced he would apologize online.
According to a report in Live Law, Vibhor reportedly told the court that he was “influenced by Republic TV and its host, who stated that both Sushant Singh Rajput and Disha Salian were murdered”. Additional Sessions Judge DE Kothalikar granted him bail after Vibhor told the court that he regretted what he did and that he would apologize online. The court granted him bail on personal bail of 50,000 rupees.
Vibhor Anand was arrested by the Mumbai police cyber crime cell on October 15. It was under sections 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to offend a woman’s modesty), 505 (2) (statements creating or promoting hostility, hatred, or displeasure between classes), 500 (defamation), 504 ( posted) posted willful insult with intent to provoke a violation of peace) of the Indian Criminal Code as well as Section 67 of the IT Act (penalty for posting or transmitting obscene material in electronic form).
According to the Mumbai Mirror, Vibhor’s attorney Ashok Saraogi told the court during his bail hearing that Anand had watched television channels, particularly Republic TV and R Bharat, to keep up with the Sushant case and that he was “made to believe.” “That the statements on news channels were true. He stated that he only took the names of different people who were also broadcast on these channels.
Vibhor Anand had made most of his claims on his Twitter account, which has since been banned. In his request for bail, he added that he did not know his tweets could create controversy and that when they did so, he withdrew them.
The Mumbai court granted him bail on condition that he apologized within seven days of the order being issued.