Lois Sofia, the research scholar from Canada who was on Monday arrested for sloganeering against the BJP on a flight, in which BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan was present, was granted bail on Tuesday.
Judicial Magistrate-III S. Tamilselvi granted bail to Ms. Sofia, who allegedly dubbed the BJP government ‘fascist’ while Ms. Tamilisai was de-boarding the flight.
The BJP leader and Ms. Sofia were later involved in an argument at the Thoothukudi airport.
She was booked under sections 505(1) (b) (Intent to cause fear or alarm) and 290 (Public nuisance) of the IPC and Section 75(1) (c) (Impolite reply to public servant) of the Tamil Nadu City Police Act by the Pudukottaki all-woman police. However, the Magistrate had struck down the charge booked under Section 505(1) (b) while remanding her in judicial custody for 15 days.
Ms. Sofia was admitted to the Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital on Monday night after she complained that she was unwell.
Her father, Dr. A.A. Samy filed a complaint at Pudukkottai police station saying that the BJP cadres used vulgar language against his daughter and issued death threats. Further, in his complaint, he said that the BJP cadres took photographs of his family members without their permission. However, no action has been taken on his complaint so far.