Agartala: West Tripura district and sessions court on Thursday granted bail to all the members of Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) without condition rejecting the petition filed by Tripura police.

The members of the IPAC, run by political strategist Prashant Kishor, were detained by the East Agartala police on Monday.

Speaking with reporters, senior advocate Pijush Kanti Biswas, counsel for the I-PAC team, said that a case was filed against 23 members of I-PAC and all of them surrendered before the court seeking permanent bail.

“The assistant public prosecutor (APP) opposed not the petition and subsequently asked for imposing conditions. I submitted before the court that no condition can be imposed on the nature of the allegation made against them and the court agreed that no condition can be imposed,” Biswas said.

He also said that the court rejected the submission made by the APP and accepted the petition. However, all the 23 accused persons were released on bail without any condition.

“They were accused under COVID-19 and National Disaster Management Act and Section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC),” Biswas added.

Biswas also said that although the case was registered on Tuesday, prior to that there were no allegations and cases against them, yet the police illegally detained them, even though none of the sections are applicable in this case.

Meanwhile, Derek O’Brien, who arrived in Agartala, said that the 23 members of I-PAC hired by the Trinamool Congress were detained by the Tripura police on directions of the central leadership.

“I-PAC team members hired by Trinamool Congress came here on a professional assignment. What message did Amit Shah and Narendra Modi give from Delhi? They directed from Delhi to arrest the I-PAC team members. They are trying to impose the Gujarat model across India,” Derek said.

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He also said that following the incident, the TMC high command asked the ministers to visit the state and later directed two more MPs to leave for Agartala from Delhi during the Parliament session.

“This is a very important issue, because today it is Tripura. The same thing what Amit Shah and Narendra Modi are doing at the Parliament not letting the opposition to speak in the Parliament.

He also said that the national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee will be arriving here on Friday to hold a meeting with state leaders.

“Something is happening in Tripura. I am also hearing a lot of people talking about Uttarakhand and Karnataka. We are also hearing about Tripura and TMC arriving here,” Derek said.

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