Apart from Rahul Kulkarni, ten others arrested in the Bandra migrant workers’ protest case were remanded in police custody till April 19.
A court in Mumbai on April 16 granted bail to a television journalist arrested for allegedly `spreading misinformation’ with his report. His report that the government was thinking of starting Jan Sadharan train services for migrants on April 14, the day when the first lockdown period ends, allegedly led to a crowd gathering in Bandra.
Rahul Kulkarni, journalist with a Marathi news channel, was arrested by Mumbai Police on April 15, a day after several migrant workers who caned by Police for gathering near Bandra station in Mumbai demanding transportation to sent back to their home towns.
Mr. Kulkarni was produced before a magistrate in Bandra on April 16 where the police sought his custody.
The court, however, refused the police’s plea and remanded Mr. Kulkarni in judicial custody, following which his advocate Subodh Desai immediately filed a bail application.
After hearing brief arguments, the court granted him bail on a surety of ₹15,000.
Ten others arrested in the case were remanded in police custody till April 19.
The police booked Mr. Kulkarni under Indian Penal Code Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 505(b) (intent to cause fear or alarm among public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or against public tranquility), and provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act.
According to police, Mr. Kulkarni allegedly gave a “false” story, saying the Railways was going to start special trains to ferry migrant workers stranded in Maharashtra back to their native states.