Panaji, April 20: A city Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMFC) court on Friday granted bail to Kenneth Silveira, who was arrested by Crime Branch of Goa for posting fake information about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death” on Facebook.
He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000, reported The Hindu.
In a related development, members of civil society staged a protest outside the Goa Police headquarters here on Friday morning condemning the arrest.
Kenneth, 35, was arrested by the Crime Branch on Wednesday, a day after he put up the post on social media, on a complaint by a BJP office-bearer.
Parrikar is undergoing treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer in the US.
On Friday, a few dozen protesters rallied at the police headquarters and accused police of trying to “muzzle” free speech.
The Opposition has also criticised the police for the arrest of Silveira, who contested the 2017 by-poll in Panaji but lost to Parrikar.