A class 11 student after two nights in prison in Uttar Pradesh has been granted bail. He was arrested for sharing a post on Facebook that was attributed to Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan.
Judicial Magistrate Azad Singh, who granted the relief on two bail bonds worth Rs.20,000 each, has asked the youth to cooperate with police during investigation.
The youth will walk out of jail once the bond formalities are over, officials said, adding that it may take a few hours.
The student of a Bareilly school was sent to jail by a local court yesterday after being booked under the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act and for breach of peace by the Rampur police.
According to Circle Officer of Police Aley Hassan, the boy had posted comments on Facebook which could incite communal tensions and spoil peace and harmony.
In the post, Khan was targeted on the basis of a provocative remark allegedly made by him that turned out to be ‘fake’, police said.
“A quote was posted on Facebook on March 15 that was attributed to the Cabinet Minister (Khan) but it turned out to be fake,” Rampur SP Sadhna Goswami said.