Supreme Court threatens contempt notice against West Bengal government after BJP activist Priyanka Sharma’s release was delayed by around 18 hours

A day after she was released, youth BJP activist Priyanka Sharma has alleged that West Bengal police has defied the order of Supreme Court by keeping her captive for around 18 hours even after the verdict.

She also alleged that police forced her to tender a written apology. But asserted that she won’t be giving any formal apology. The court had earlier insisted that Sharma apologise for the meme of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that she had shared, but changed its mind at the last moment.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has warned West Bengal State Government for the delay in release. A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court has threatened to issue a contempt notice against the state government after Sharma’s lawyer told the court that his client was not being allowed to walk free despite the top court’s directive of immediate release yesterday.

Advocate NK Kaul, appearing on behalf of Sharma, told the court that she was being made to sign apology letter prepared by the state Police declaring that she will not post such content in the future.

The apex court also said that it will hear the BJP member’s plea seeking action against West Bengal Police, in the first week of July.

A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna had earlier directed the 25-year-old to furnish an apology before release. Later, the court called her counsel back and informed about the changes in its directive.

Priyanka Sharma was taken into custody on May 10 on a complaint by a TMC member and produced before a Howrah court the next day which sent her to 14-day judicial custody.