Aumkareshwar Thakur was boooked under various acts of the Indian Penal Code such including 153A (promoting enmity on grounds of religion, etc.)
A Delhi court granted bail to both Aumkareshwar Thakur, who is accused of building the “Sulli Deals app” using GitHub, and “Bully Bai” case accused Neeraj Bishnoi citing the fact that he is a first-time offender and that jail would be detrimental to his overall well-being.
After observing that the investigation in the case had been concluded and that the chargesheet had been submitted earlier this month, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma of Patiala House Court granted Thakur bail.
What did the over humble court say?
The court said as reported by the live law, “Merely because replies from different intermediaries and FSL is awaited, same is not sufficient reason to deny bail to the accused as accused is not position to influence FSL result or replies.”
Furthermore, the Judge stated that the need for continuing imprisonment was not substantiated at the time the chargesheet was filed.
“Accused is a first time offender and a young person as such prolonged incarceration would be detrimental to his overall wellbeing. Accused has roots in the society community and he is not a flight risk. The trial would take considerable time to save as such no fruitful purpose would be served by keeping him detained any further,” the Court said.
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According to the Delhi Police, 21-year-old Neeraj Bishnoi, who is accused of being the conspirator and author of the Bulli Bai App on GitHub, has been granted bail. However, a copy of Bishnoi’s bail order is still awaited.
Bishnoi and Thakur had previously been denied bail by a municipal court. After Neeraj Bishnoi, the purported developer of the Bulli Bail app, was questioned by the Delhi Police, Thakur was reportedly detained.
According to the prosecution’s evidence, Thakur was a member of Trad Mahasabha and developed the logic for the app “Sulli Deals” on GitHub. He and others then put images of various Muslim women up for auction on the internet.
Bishnoi is from Assam’s Jorhat district and is a B. Tech student at Vellore Institute of Technology in Bhopal. The Bulli Bai App is similar to the ‘Sulli Deals,’ which caused a stir last year by offering ‘sullis,’ a disparaging term used by trolls to refer to Muslim women. That App was also hosted on GitHub.
According to the live law, Thakur was boooked under various acts of the Indian Penal Code such as; Sections 153A (promoting enmity on grounds of religion, etc.), 153B (imputations prejudicial to national integration), 295A (insulting religious beliefs), 354D (stalking), 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 500 (criminal defamation) and Section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form).
The Court granted bail on a ₹50,000 surety bond with the condition that he shall not influence or contact any of the survivors. Thakur was told to provide the investigating officer his phone number and not tamper with the evidence.
He was also instructed to place a pin on Google Maps so that the authorities could monitor his position.