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Mamata Banerjee meme row: Priyanka Sharma's lawyer approaches SC alleging delay in release, court warns Bengal govt

The top court warned the West Bengal government of complying with the order failing which the court will issue a contempt notice to the state government.

Mamata Banerjee meme row: Priyanka Sharma's lawyer approaches SC alleging delay in release, court warns Bengal govt

A day after the Supreme Court ordered the release of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) worker Priyanka Sharma, her lawyer on Wednesday approached the apex court alleging a delay in her release. Sharma was jailed for sharing a morphed picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Facebook. Her lawyer said that despite the order, she wasn't release yet. Reacting to the claim, the top court warned the West Bengal government of complying with the order failing which the court will issue a contempt notice to the state government.

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On Tuesday, BJYM National Secretary Saurav Sikandar had said that Sharma's release could not happen on Tuesday because the apex court's order reached them after the closure of prison at around 5.30pm. "We got SC`s order around 5.30 PM; prison was closed by then. Still, we spoke to the jailor, she said they have received an e-mail but they cannot release Priyanka on the basis of it," Sikandar had told news agency ANI. He added that the jailor suggested them to get in touch with the concerned Judicial Magistrate. Sikandar said that he will meet DG prison on Wednesday and secure Priyanka's release.

"The jailor has asked us to speak to concerned Chief Judicial Magistrate. Tomorrow we will also speak to DG prison. We are hopeful that we can take Priyanka home tomorrow," he had said. While hearing Priyanka's bail plea, the SC said on Tuesday that bail will be granted to her only if she agrees to give a written apology to the West Bengal chief minister for her action. The top court later waived this condition and ordered her immediate release from judicial custody.

"Subject to Priyanka Sharma tendering an apology in writing for putting up an objectionable picture on Facebook account, she shall be immediately released. At the time of release, she shall tender an apology in writing," a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna earlier had said. The SC then called back Sharma's lawyer and informed him about its decision about waiving the condition of written apology. During the hearing, Priyanka's lawyer had said that seeking a written apology from his client will amount to infringement of the Right to Freedom of Speech. Priyanka was arrested on a complaint by a Trinamool Congress member and was sent to 14 days judicial custody by a Howrah court.