Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale granted bail in FIR over alleged derogatory social media post against NCP Chief Sharad Pawar

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Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale has been granted bail by Thane Sessions Court. Chitale was arrested in May 2022 for sharing an alleged derogatory social media post against Nationalist Congress President president Sharad Pawar.

According to The Indian Express, Chitale was arrested by Thane Crime Branch and was booked under IPC Sections 500 (defamation), 501 (printing or engraving defamatory matter) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups). It is to be noted that after the social media post controversy, the Navi Mumbai police opened a 2020 complaint against her under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Chitale was arrested for both the offences. A Thane court on June 16, 2022 granted bail to Chitale in the 2020 case, she could however, not be released owing to the FIR on the alleged derogatory post on Sharad Pawar.

Yesterday, the prosecution informed the court that they will not oppose her bail plea. The prosecution had earlier filed pleading before the judge according to which they strongly opposed bail being granted to Chitale. However, on Tuesday, they filed a pleading stating that they had no objection to bail being granted to Chitale.

The court has accordingly granted bail to Chitale today.

It is to be noted that, yesterday, Bombay High Court bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and NR Borkar granted bail to Nikhil Bhamre, the student who was arrested nearly 38 days ago for posting an alleged derogatory tweet against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar.