KARNATAKA HC DENIES BAIL TO ENGINEER WHO IS ACCUSED OF ENCOURAGING TO SPREAD CORONA VIRUS

(By – Ukkash F)

The Karnataka HC denied bail application to the 38-year-old software engineer who was arrested for encouraging people on social media to spread the deadly Coronavirus.

In the recommendations of the High power committee, the Court rejected the interim bail for the engineer since the petitioner has threatened the integrity of the country. And it is a punishment sentencing three years.

The following are the posts that are encouraging to spread coronavirus. 

“i) Let’s join hands, go out sneeze with open mouth in a public place, spread the virus”

 ii) “spread the word to end the world” and

 iii) “my stun gun is ready-killing dogs”. 

The petitioner to promote disharmony and hatred ness, to disturb the public tranquility and to create a feeling of insecurity amongst the people on a religious basis.

The State submitted that the petitioner would have links with terrorist groups and granting bail application is a threat to national security since the investigation records show that the petitioner has the history of travel to and stay in Bahrain and Kuwait for some years. 

The petitioner seeks bail under section 439 of Cr.P.C. based on his fundamental right of personal liberty envisaged under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. But the Court rejected the bail application and held that, 

“Sovereignty, fraternity, and integrity of India take precedence over Article 21 of the constitution of India”