Virat Kohli’s Pakistani fan gets bail in sedition case

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The Pakistani fan of Virat Kohli, who was arrested for hoisting an Indian flag on 26 January, has been granted bail by a court in Punjab province.

News agency IANS reported that the additional district and sessions court in Okara admitted the bail plea of Umer Daraz, who has been behind the bars for over a month, Dawn online reported.

A 22-year-old Pakistani fan of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli is facing 10-year jail sentence in his country after he hoisted the Indian flag atop his house.

A resident of Punjab province, Draz could not hide his ecstasy when India beat Australia in the first T20 international on 26 January with Kohli playing an impressive innings of 90 runs in the match.

A tailor by profession in Punjab’s Okara district, Draz hoisted an Indian tricolour to express his love for the cricketer.

The section 123-A (acts of damaging the sovereignty of the country) carries maximum punishment of 10 years in jail or fine or both.

Draz pleaded before the judge that his decision to hoist the flag was only to show his love for Kohli.

Earlier, talking to reporters Draz said: “I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. I support the Indian team because of Kohli. Hoisting of Indian flag on the rooftop of house only shows my love for the Indian cricketer.”

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