The Supreme Court today agreed to hear the plea filed by West Bengal BJP youth leader Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested for sharing a morphed picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Sanjiv Khanna took note of the plea of advocate N K Kaul, representing the activist, that the issue of her arrest be accorded urgent hearing.
After the senior lawyer submitted that there has been a complete strike in West Bengal and it has forced the woman to challenge her arrest in the apex court, the bench posted the plea for hearing on Tuesday. The senior lawyer said the woman activist is in judicial custody following her arrest by the police.
BJP leader and minister in Assam government, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has strongly condemned the arrest of BJP’s youth wing worker Priyanka Sharma, stating that the current situation in the state is reminiscent of Emergency.
Priyanka Sharma was arrested for posting a meme mocking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her Facebook timeline on May 9. A complaint was made by the Trinamool Congress leader Vibhas Hazra against the convenor of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha for allegedly sharing the picture. Sharma superimposed Mamata’s face on Priyanka Chopra’s MET Gala 2019 look. Later, she was arrested and produced in Howrah Court.