Bulli Bai case: Accused asks Mumbai court for bail

by Web Desk | Published: 10 Jan 2022

The first person detained in the Bulli Bai app case In a Mumbai court, Vishal Kumar Jha, through which hundreds of Muslim women were to "auction", has asked for bail. The judge scheduled a hearing for Thursday to allow the prosecution to respond. In his plea, Jha stated that the principal defendant in the case was someone else and that the other defendants, all of whom were from different states, were unrelated to him. The plea was changed when he was remanded in judicial custody.

 

Jha claimed that he has handed over his laptop, phone, and SIM cards to the investigating agency and that he is unable to tamper with any evidence. He said that the prosecution had failed to provide any actual evidence to support the allegations made against him. Mumbai Police are looking into the app, which is hosted on the code-sharing portal GitHub. The name of the app was inspired by abuses made against Muslims. Hundreds of Muslim women, including notable activists and top professionals, were photographed and doctored without their permission and placed up for "auction."

 

In Bengaluru, Jha was nabbed for allegedly running one of the app's promotional Twitter accounts. Shweta Singh, 18, and Mayank Rawat, 20, both from Uttarakhand, were arrested in the case. Neeraj Bishnoi, the app's creator, was detained a few days later last week.

 

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