A two-judge vacation bench of the Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the bail plea of BJP activist Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested for allegedly sharing a morphed photo of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media.
West Bengal Police on 10 May said Sharma was arrested for uploading and sharing the morphed picture of the CM which had her face photoshopped on Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra’s Met Gala look.
A bench comprising justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna will hear the plea, which was filed by Sharma’s advocate NK Kaul with a request for an urgent hearing.
Kaul said that Sharma, who is in judicial custody, has been forced to challenge her arrest in the apex court because of a complete strike in West Bengal.
Sharma, a BJP Yuva Morcha leader, was arrested after a complaint against her was lodged in Dasnagar Police station.
“Priyanka Sharma has been arrested for sharing morphed picture of the CM,” a police official said on Friday.
Authorities said that Sharma has been accused of uploading and sharing Banerjee’s morphed picture in her Facebook timeline.
Following her arrest, Sharma was sent to two weeks’ judicial custody.
BJP supporters and other social media users, including many who do not support the BJP, protested against Sharma’s arrest for sharing a meme.
I am anti BJP, but it is ridiculous that #PriyankaSharma has been arrested for the funny image she has posted on CM Mamta Banerjee. We liberals talk about free speech, how would we react if someone arrested one of us for morphing a pic of PM Modi!
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) May 10, 2019
Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met Sharma’s family on Sunday night. He said that Mamata Banerjee’s “reign of terror would embarrass even worst tyrants of world”.
“The reign of terror of @MamataOfficial would embarrass even worst tyrants of world! To lend moral support, I met Smt Rajkumari Sharma, mother of @BJP4Bengal worker Ms Priyanka Sharma, arrested for making a meme on Mamata Didi. We’re seeking judicial intervention for her release,” he tweeted.
The reign of terror of @MamataOfficial would embarrass even worst tyrants of world!
To lend moral support, I met Smt Rajkumari Sharma, mother of @BJP4Bengal worker Ms Priyanka Sharma, arrested for making a meme on Mamata Didi. We’re seeking judicial intervention for her release. pic.twitter.com/JPdibgRrcD
— Chowkidar Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 12, 2019
Priyanka Chopra donned a vibrant and unique Dior gown at the annual fundraiser. Her look, however, went viral on social media spawning a series of memes.