Bhat gets bail, finally

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/10/2016

Tausif Ahmed Bhat, the Kashmiri youth in Chhattisgarh who was arrested on charges of sedition for liking a cartoon on Facebook,  was finally granted bail by Justice Goutam Bhat of the Chhattisgarh High Court, on his fourth bail plea. The judge said he was not the author of the post and no violence had resulted after the post was published. By the time he is released after Diwali he will have spent more than 80 days in jail.              

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