Pulling up the West Bengal government, the Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice of contempt to Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool for not releasing BJYM leader Priyanka Sharma immediately despite the court order.
The BJP Youth Wing leader was arrested over a meme on Mamata Banerjee and despite the Top Court's order, it took several hours for the West Bengal government to release her.
Trinamool government is expected to respond within four days.
Sharma was released after two full days after the Supreme Court's order after posting a morphed image of Mamata Banerjee on social media, observing that freedom of speech ends when it infringes upon others' rights.
The Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna had ordered for Sharma’s immediate release.
In its order, the Supreme Court mentioned that the case wasn't meant to serve as a 'precedent':
"The detenue, Priyanka Sharma, is directed to be immediately released on bail. The detenue shall, however, at the time of release, tender an apology in writing for putting up/sharing the pictures complained of on her Face Book Account."
"It is made clear that this order is being made in the special facts and circumstances of this case and shall not operate as a precedent."
During the hearing, the bench observed that though freedom of speech is non-negotiable "your freedom of speech ends when it infringes upon others' rights". The bench observed that since Sharma is a member of a political party, the insinuation of posting such a picture will be different from those shared by common people.
Even after her bail, Sharma alleged that the police made her sign an apology forcefully.
"I was forcefully made to apologise, I wasn't allowed to talk to my lawyers and family members. I was made to remain in jail for 18 hours after bail being granted. There is gundaraj in West Bengal. I was arrested for a funny meme because I am from BJP and I am a woman, but other BJP workers are being treated with physical violence. The police just want to please Didi hence they arrested me. I will continue to fight against Mamata Didi's government," she told Republic TV