Priyanka Sharma challenges Mamata Banerjee: Will fight the case, but not apologise

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, May 15: BJP Youth Wing Convenor Priyanka Sharma is released finally but like a wounded tigress she declares, "I will not apologise"

 Priyanka Sharma who was arrested for sharing a meme on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gets bail and addresses a press conference."My bail was granted yesterday, but still I wasn't released for another 18 hours. They didn't allow me to meet my advocate and family. They made me sign an apology," she said. "I will fight this case. I will not apologise," she added.Sharma was freed by West Bengal authorities on Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court ordered her immediate release.Sharma, arrested for sharing a meme on Mamata Banerjee, reached her party's office in Kolkata by noon after walking out of Alipore Correctional Home.Earlier in the day, the top court had censured the West Bengal government after Sharma's counsel contended that her release was being delayed. "Why was she not released immediately?" the bench asked the counsel of the state government.The two-judge bench threatened to issue a contempt notice against the state government after Sharma's lawyer told the court that his client was not being allowed to walk free despite the top court's directive of immediate release yesterday.  Priyanka Sharma was accused of sharing on social media a photo of the Trinamool Congress supremo 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 May 10 and remanded to 14-day judicial custody.The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted conditional bail to West Bengal BJP functionary Priyanka Sharma who was arrested on May 10 for allegedly posting a morphed picture of state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Facebook."Subject to Priyanka Sharma tendering an apology in writing for putting up an objectionable picture on Facebook account, she shall be immediately released. At the time of release, she shall tender an apology in writing," a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna said in its order.But later the Court modified it's order and waives off condition of apology.The court also issued a notice to West Bengal police over the way the 25-year-old was taken into custody.

With Agencies