Mamata meme: Arrested BJP activist moves Supreme Court
BJP Yuva Morcha leader Priyanka Sharma on Monday moved the Supreme Court against her arrest last week for allegedly sharing on social media a meme of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna agreed to hear the matter on Tuesday.
Sharma's counsel sought an urgent hearing in the matter contending that legal work in West Bengal had been halted since April 25 in view of the ongoing lawyers strike and she had no choice but to move the Supreme Court in the absence of any legal recourse.
The BJP leader is accused of sharing on social media a photo of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee photo-shopped on a picture of Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra from last week's MET Gala event in New York City. She was arrested on Saturday and then remanded to 14 days judicial custody.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) are in an intense fight to wrest control of West Bengal's 42 Lok Sabha seats.
Sharma's family has termed her arrest "political vendetta".