Court denies bail to Kerala youth arrested for sedition over FB post, disrespecting national anthem
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The News Minute | September 6, 2014 | 11:30 am IST An application seeking bail for Salman, a college student from Thiruvananthapuram who was arrested on 20 August for sitting while the national anthem was played out at a cinema and howling after it, was rejected by a district sessions court on Friday. Salman, 25, was charged for sedition under section 124(A) of the IPC. He was also charged under section 66A of the Information Technology Act for posting derogatory statements about the National Flag.Â The sessions court said that his â€˜behaviour was anti-national and his offence more serious than murder,â€™ reported the Malayalam channel Media One.Â The case was filed against six people in which only Salman has yet been arrested. One of them got an anticipatory bail and the remaining have gone into hiding. Advocate M Harilal who appeared for Salman in court has said that the police could not furnish any documents that could justify his being denied bail, reported the Indian Express. The Amnesty International had earlier come out in support of Salman.Â Read our reports here:Sedition charges over a Facebook post in Kerala: Justified or going overboard? Amnesty India demands release of Kerala student activist charged with sedition over FB post
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