After getting bail, YouTuber Manish Kashyap urges CBI inquiry in his fake video case

Kashyap’s videos depicting discrimination against Bihar’s labourers in Tamil Nadu had sparked tensions in Tamil Nadu, leading to legal action by both Bihar and Tamil Nadu police.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 24 December, 2023 2:00 pm IST
Manish Kashyap visits 'Mountain Man', Dashrath Manjhi's village after release from jail

NEW DELHI: After spending nearly nine months behind bars, the contentious Bihar-based YouTuber, Manish Kashyap, has been granted bail. However, rather than returning home or visiting his village after getting bail, he made a beeline for Gehlor, which is the village of Dashrath Manjhi, also known as the “Mountain Man.”

Addressing the crowd in Manjhi’s village, Kashyap professed his determination: “I won’t stop until I break, won’t let go until I achieve. The most powerful force in the world is a mother, and I will meet mine first.”

Kashyap’s videos depicting discrimination against Bihar’s labourers in Tamil Nadu had sparked tensions in Tamil Nadu, leading to legal action by both Bihar and Tamil Nadu police.

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Released from Patna’s Beur Jail, Kashyap wasted no time in aiming sharp criticisms at Bihar’s current government. He stated, “If a politician promises to build your house, make roads, or provide employment and fails to deliver, they should face the same charges as I have.”

Highlighting the unfulfilled promises to Dashrath Manjhi’s family despite the fame garnered through the film, ‘Manjhi: The Mountain Man’ Kashyap addressed broader issues faced by millions of families in Bihar. He called for uprooting these problems at their core.

While addressing the crowd, he reiterated his determination and demanded a CBI inquiry into his case. “I want a CBI inquiry for my case.”

He concluded, “I will never let go of the microphone. The rally will continue. If you stand with us, we will change Bihar.”

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Kashyap, facing 13 registered cases, seven in Bihar and six in Tamil Nadu, was booked for disseminating a fake video depicting an individual handcuffed inside a train on his YouTube channel. This prompted the filing of cases under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Information Technology Act, 2000, and the National Security Act. Senior officials of the Tamil Nadu Police confirmed these legal actions.

On March 18, 2023, the youtuber surrendered in the Bettiah court and subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court for the removal of the National Security Act. In a recent development, the apex court has granted him relief by addressing his plea.

 

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