Supreme Court orders release of Newsclick founder Prabir Purkayastha in UAPA case, calls arrest invalid

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of Newsclick founder Prabir Purkayastha arrested in a UAPA case. The top court said the arrest and the subsequent remand of Purkayastha is invalid. The court came to the conclusion as the remand application and the grounds of arrest were not supplied to him or his counsel before his custody application was decided by the trial court.

However, since a charge sheet has been filed in the case by Delhi police, the top court directed his release on bail on conditions to be fixed by the trial court.

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