A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MN Jadhav was hearing a petition filed by Nikhil Bhamre, a resident of Nashik, seeking that all five FIRs registered against him in different districts of Maharashtra be quashed
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Refusing to grant urgent bail to a 22-year-old pharmacy student, arrested last month for an alleged objectionable tweet against NCP chief Sharad Pawar, the Bombay High Court said fundamental rights are not absolute.
A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MN Jadhav was hearing a petition filed by Nikhil Bhamre, a resident of Maharashtra, and "we are living in a democracy". The bench noted that Bhamre was 22 years old, and said at this age there has to be some "responsibility".
"Every citizen has fundamental rights. But these are subject to restrictions. Fundamental rights are not absolute. No one has the right to comment on someone else's private life," Justice Shinde said. "Merely because one has the right does not mean he or she can exercise this right without any restriction," the court added.
The bench directed the state government to file a progress report of probe against Bhamre. Advocate Jha then requested the court to pass an order releasing his client on bail. The judges, however, said such an order cannot be passed on the first date of hearing. The court posted the plea for further hearing on June 10.
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