Bombay court grants bail to three defendants
A Mumbai Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday granted bail to three defendants in a case related to an app that illegally posted photos of Muslim women in an online ‘auction’ aimed at harassing them and to mistreat them, PTI reported.
Extra Sessions Judge AB Sharma granted bail to Neeraj Bishnoi, Aumkareshwar Thakur and Neeraj Singh.
Images of prominent Indian Muslim women had been uploaded to the “Bulli Bai” app as part of an online “auction”. On January 1, many targeted women highlighted the incident on social media.
It was the second such attempt in less than a year. In July last year, an app called ‘Sulli Deals’ posted hundreds of images of Muslim women and described them as ‘deals of the day’.
“Bulli” and “sulli” are abusive and derogatory ways of referring to Muslim women.
In his bail application filed through attorney Shivam Deshmukh, Bishnoi claimed he had been falsely implicated in the case, PTI reported. Suggesting his co-defendant had already been released on bail, Bishnoi requested parity in the case.
On April 12, a Mumbai court granted bail to three defendants in the “Buli Bai” case – Vishal Jha, Shweta Singh and Mayank Rawat.
The judge had said Jha, Singh and Rawat played a lesser role compared to the other two defendants, who were older and had a “greater understanding” of the case.
While granting them bail, the court had also asked their parents or guardians to arrange their guidance, including appropriate behavior on social media. The judge had noted that all three defendants had exams and that their future prospects would be hampered if they had to remain in prison.
Meanwhile, the court observed that the allegations against Thakur, Neeraj Singh and Bishnoi were serious, adding that they deliberately created the app.
In an indictment filed in March, police say Bishnoi asked a co-defendant to send him photos of 100 “famous Muslim women who are not members of the Bharatiya Janata Party” so he could put them on display. auction, PTI reported.
Bishnoi was also the first person to share the link to the “Bulli Bai” app on his Twitter group, according to the roadmap.
After Tuesday’s order, all defendants arrested by Mumbai police in the case were released on bailaccording The quintet.
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