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FB post on Azam Khan: School boy gets bail; Supreme Court asks UP govt to explain the arrest
The school boy who had been arrested by the UP police on Monday on the charges of uploading an objectionable post on social networking site, Facebook against Cabinet minister and senior SP leader Azam Khan has been granted bail today. Meanwhile Supreme Court has asked the UP government to explain the circumstances that forced the state police to go for the arrest of the teenager.

The class 11th student was granted bail by the Rampur Court today on two sureties of Rs. 20,000 each. The court of additional chief judicial magistrate Azad Singh asked student to submit his passport and cooperate with the police in the investigation of the case.

Azam Khan's media in-charge Fasahat Ali had lodged the complaint against the school boy after which police had arrested him from his home.

The student of Woodrow School in Bareilly district of UP, the boy was then kept in lock-up at Ganj Kotwali police station. He was booked under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act and other sections of IPC and sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc.), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 505 (public mischief) of the IPC.

The SHO of Ganj Kotwali police station had said that the Facebook post which was allegedly posted by the teenager was derogatory and was hurting the sentiments of a community and was wrongly attributed to the SP leader.

The student's family has maintained that, he had just shared the 'objectionable' post and he did not upload it. The boy's family had  also expressed their willingness to apologise to Azam Khan if he was feeling hurt because of the post. 

This is not the first of its kind case in the State when someone has been arrested for his Facebook post. Earlier also an FIR was lodged against tourism officer Ravinder Kumar Mishra for uploading objectionable pictures of Azam Khan and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on social networking sites.

In August 2013, a writer and social activist was arrested by Rampur police for a Facebook post against Samajawadi. Bharti was also booked under section 66-A of the Information Technology Act.

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