Actress Payal Rohtagi, who on Sunday (Dec 15) was arrested by Rajashthan police for her derogatory remarks against independent India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru has been released on bail with two sureties of Rs 25000 each.
Rohatgi’s counselor Bhupendra Sahay Saxena moved the bail application in the court of district judge on Monday. The district judge was on leave on Tuesday so the application was moved to the court of additional district judge.
“The court of additional district judge granted bail to Payal Rohatgi today on two bail bonds of Rs 25,000 each,” public prosecutor Yogesh Yadav said.
The Rajasthan Police on Sunday morning arrested Rohatgi from her Ahmedabad residence for interrogation in a case relating to alleged derogatory remarks against the Nehru-Gandhi family on social media.
The actress was booked by the Bundi police under the IT Act on October 10 for the objectionable content against Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and other members of the family.
Confirming the arrest, SP Mamta Gupta told agencies, “Payal Rohatgi has been detained. Case registered.”
Rohatgi had, earlier this month, been served a notice that she had failed respond to the charges, leading to a team of police officers being formed to arrest her.
She has been booked under relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indian Penal Code, including that which deals with insulting with intent to provoke a breach of peace.
Earlier, Rohatgi alleged on Twitter that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was being pressured by the Gandhi family into acting against her.
The actress had claimed that she had a “recording” of people referring to the pressure.
The actress had said that she had made the video on the basis of a third party source, quoting author M O Mathai, whom she never read.
The actress on Twitter said since she did not read the author, she believed she should apologise because making a personal attack on anyone is wrong.
Reportedly, a case was filed against Payal in Rajasthan for this Facebook video by Charmesh Sharma, Youth Congress leader. This case was registered under sections 66 and 67 of the IT Act.