/ BJP worker Priyanka Sharma released from jail, SC pulls up Mamata govt for delay

India Today : May 15, 2019, 11:55 AM

The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the West Bengal government for not releasing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Priyanak Sharma immediately despite its order on Tuesday.

Priyanka Sharma's lawyer informed the Supreme Court today that the West Bengal Police has not released her despite the court's Tuesday order.

Her lawyers claimed that the prison authorities forced her to write an apology letter before releasing her.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court granted Sharma bail. Initially the court had asked her to apologie after being released but later the court said she need not apologise.

The West Bengal government meanwhile contended that it received the Supreme Court order at 5pm and that as per jail manual it needed the endorsement. "That is why she was not released yesterday," the state government said.

To this the Supreme Court said the jail manual cannot overrule a Supreme Court order.

"Why was she not released immediately?"

The court said if Priyanka Sharma has not been released so far the court will issue contempt notice against the state government.

The state government informed the court that Priyanka Sharma was released at 9:40 am according to the report prepared by DG prisons.