Detained! Pradeep Bhandari Illegally Detained By Mumbai Police.
Mumbai Police has detained Republic Consulting editor Pradeep Bhandari when he presented himself at Khar police station, in spite of anticipatory bail.
Mumbai Police on Saturday detained Republic's Pradeep Bhandari at the Khar police station. This comes inspite of Bhandari having anticipatory bail by a Mumbai court. A complaint was filed against Bhandari - U/S 188 - (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of IPC and 37(1), 135 of the Bombay Police Act, for reporting on BMC's demolition of actress Kangana Ranaut's office.
As per reports, Bhandari wasn't allowed to communicate to his parents about his wellbeing, his three mobile phones too were confiscated.
Pradeep tweeted about the incident.
Pradeep is getting tremendous support from the public. And #freepradeepbhandari is the top trend on Twitter currently.
Report from Republic TV:
Mumbai police's first summons
On October 9, Bhandari who has been reporting on the Sushant Singh Rajput case - was summoned by the Mumbai police at the Khar Police station. Pradeep Bhandari took to Twitter, prior to appearing before the Mumbai police, seeking support from his followers and asserted that Republic TV will continue the fight even stronger. The journalist had earlier stated that he had been asked to appear at the Khar police station and that he was waiting for the official summons.
This development comes a day after Maharashtra Assembly issued the fourth notice to Arnab regarding the breach of privilege motion passed by it and the legislative council. Shockingly, the notice was issued at 2:50 PM ordering him to appear before the Assembly within 10 minutes, in spite of the matter being sub judicial in the Supreme Court. Republic will approach the courts in this matter.
Republic has already moved the Supreme Court in this matter challenging the breach of privilege motion against Arnab, by the Maharashtra Legislative assembly and council, arguing that the privileges of an Assembly could not be used against someone outside of the House. Maintaining that Arnab has not 'hindered the working of the house', Republic has pointed out that the Assembly never had the authority to exceed its privilege. The SC-bench headed by CJI S A Bobade has issued a notice in the matter. The matter is still underway in the Supreme Court.