Delhi police opposes bail plea of Bulli Bai app creator Niraj Bishnoitext_fields
New Delhi: Stating that the investigation is at a "very nascent" stage, the Delhi Police on Tuesday opposed the bail plea of Niraj Bishnoi, alleged creator of the Bulli Bai app, in the Patiala House Court.
Public Prosecutor Advocate Irfan Ahmed appearing for Delhi Police submitted that the contents on the accused's Twitter handles were derogatory, and the accused was using words like "Suli" & "Buli" to target women of a particular community.
After taking notes of the submission, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana adjourned the matter for January 27 for further arguments and asked Delhi Police to file a fresh detailed reply in the matter.
The alleged creator of the Bulli Bai app, Niraj Bishnoi, had moved a bail petition in a session court of Delhi on Monday.
Advocate L Ojha appearing for Niraj Bishnoi submitted, "I was arrested as a suspect. It is a bailable offence but during disclosure, sections of the IT Act was slapped on me. The Twitter handle which was used in the offence of committing crime, my client has not used any derogatory language."
On the police invoking section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), Ojha submitted that this section deals with "communal harmony between groups. This is a complaint by an individual. Not a group."
Bishnoi, a 21-year-old engineering student, who is said to be the main conspirator and creator of the Bulli Bai app on GitHub and the main Twitter account holder of the app, was arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell's Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations unit (IFSO) from Assam's Jorhat on January 5, 2022.
Earlier, the Magistrate Court had dismissed the bail petition of Niraj Bishnoi stating that a vilification campaign against women containing derogatory content and offending material having communal overtones was run on this App being created by the accused.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma had said that no ground is made out for grant of bail at this stage considering the enormity of the allegation and the stage of the investigation.