GUWAHATI: The Gauhati High Court has put a stay on the observations and remarks made by a local court in Barpeta district against the state police force in the bail order of Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani.
The state government on Monday challenged the Barpeta court’s observations and opinions in the bail order.
The court of the district and sessions judge, Barpeta had on Friday granted bail to Mevani while pulling up Assam Police for filing a “false FIR” against the MLA in a “manufactured” case of molesting a policewoman while urging the Gauhati High Court to “stop police from turning Assam into a police state”.
Advocate General, Assam, Devajit Saikia, while informing mediapersons here, said “that remarks of the district judge were presented by the Assam government before the Gauhati High Court and the High Court heard our statements, prima facie expressed satisfaction and stayed the observations made by the district judge of the Barpeta court in the bail order until further orders.
“The High Court noted that the judge had made the remarks in the MLA’s bail order by going beyond his jurisdiction and ignoring the principles of criminal jurisprudence laid down in the courts of law. The High Court stated that the district judge has crossed his limits and acted on his personal whims and fancies,” Saikia said.
“The High Court has, in reference to the ‘manufactured case’ remark by the district judge, categorically stated that there was no abuse of the process of law or the process of court,” he said.
“As the case is in regard to his grant of bail, a notice is being issued to the MLA by the High Court which fixed May 27, 2022, as the date of hearing,” Saikia said.
The Gujarat MLA was arrested by Assam Police on April 20 from Palanpur in a case related to an “objectionable” tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
After spending three days in police custody and one day in judicial custody, he was granted bail on April 25. He was subsequently rearrested by Barpeta police and charged with assaulting a woman officer.
Mevani had alleged that his arrest by the Assam police was a pre-planned conspiracy “designed” by the Prime Minister’s Office to “destroy” him ahead of the Assembly elections in Gujarat.
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