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No coercive action against Sharjeel Usmani if he co-operates with investigation, says Bombay High Court

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The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed activist Sharjeel Usmani to appear before the Pune Police.

The direction came after Sharjeel was assured by the State that no coercive steps will be taken against him if he appears for interrogation.

According to the legal website, Bar and Bench, Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale issued notice in the plea filed by Usmani for quashing the First Information Report (FIR) accusing him of making hateful speeches before a gathering organised on January 30, 2021 to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon at Pune.

Senior lawyer Mihir Desai, appearing for Usmani, informed court that Usmani had been summoned by the Pune police for interrogation on Wednesday. 

Desai had an apprehension that Usmani might be arrested by the police if he goes for the interrogation.

The court adjourned the hearing on Sharjeel’s plea on Tuesday.

Earlier, on February 2, the Pune Police booked Usmani under Section 153 (A) of the Indian Penal Code after a complaint was lodged by Pradeep Gawade, regional secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

In his plea, Usmani had denied all these allegations and said that that the FIR is frivolous, baseless and has been registered on the basis of a select few statements taken “out of context.”

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