Accused in Shah deepfake video case gets bail | India News

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to Arun Bereddy in the Union home minister Amit Shah‘s deepfake morphed video case. Bereddy allegedly handled the ‘Spirit of Congress’ X account.
The court of chief metropolitan magistrate Nabeela Wali, while granting him bail, noted that the prime allegation against Bereddy on the basis of which he was arrested was that he was the “admin” of the WhatsApp group on which the alleged fake video was first posted for circulation.The judge said there were no allegations of him having posted or circulated the video on any forum. The bail was granted on furnishing of bail bonds.
Other conditions include that he should join the investigation as and when required by the investigative officer (IO), should provide his phone number to the station house officer (SHO) and the number should be always kept operational. He should not leave the country without permission of the court, should not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat, or promise to any person acquainted with the case and not tamper with evidence. The prosecution, opposing the bail, submitted before the court that Bereddy is one of the “admins” of the WhatsApp group in which the fake video was first posted. It said that another co-accused — Naveen Pettem — is evading arrest and Bereddy was arrested in order to prevent destruction of evidence and to procure/recover the electronic evidence.
On May 3, Bereddy was picked up for questioning and was later arrested by intelligence fusion and strategic operations unit of Delhi Police Special Cell. On April 28, Delhi Police lodged an FIR in connection with doctored video of Shah, where his statement indicating a commitment to abolish quota for Muslims on religious grounds in Telangana was edited to make it appear he was advocating scrapping of all reservations.
FIR was registered under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 465 (punishment for forgery), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 171G (false statement in connection with polls) of IPC and relevant section of IT Act.

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