Why Comedian Jailed For “Insulting” Hindu Gods Could Not Get Bail

The bail listening to of comic Munawar Faruqui, who was arrested over alleged “indecent” remarks made towards Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah throughout a present in Indore earlier this month, was adjourned by the Madhya Pradesh High Court immediately after the police failed to supply the case diary. The bail pleas of Mr Faruqui and 4 different stand-up comedians who’ve been arrested on this case, have already been rejected by decrease courts.

The Indore district court on Saturday arrested him for allegedly insulting Hindu religious beliefs during a New Year show in Indore, to judicial custody till January 13.

Faruqui along with four other event organisers was arrested on Friday for allegedly insulting Hindu deities during a New Year show in Indore.

They were also assaulted when they were taken to jail after court proceedings.

Munawar Faruqui, a stand-up comedian from Gujarat’s Junagadh, was arrested on Friday for his performance at a cafe in the popular 56 Dukan locality of Indore. The others arrested include Indore-based Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas, Nalin Yadav, and event coordinator Edwin Anthony.

The case was filed based on a complaint by Eklavya Gaur, convenor of the Hind Rakshak Sangathan and son of BJP MLA Malini Gaur.

Hind Rakashak Sangathan convenor Eklavya Gaur, son of BJP MLA Malini Gaur filed the complaint to the police. Gaur said that he and his associates had gone to watch the show. When they heard the “indecent” comments, they forced the organizers to stop the program.

Munawar Faruqui’s lawyer Anshuman Shrivastav alleged that this was a tactic utilized by the police to harass Mr Faruqui. The bail plea will now be heard subsequent week.

“We had moved the bail applications on behalf of Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav and the matter was listed for hearing before the high court. Senior Supreme Court lawyer and Rajya Sabha member Vivek Tankha appeared on behalf of the bail applicants. But since the local police could not produce the case diary, the hearing in the matter was adjourned for next week,” Mr Shrivastav instructed NDTV.

“Personally, I believe that it is negligence on the part of the police that they could not produce the case diary on time. We had requested the high court to direct the police to produce the case diary today, particularly since the Tukoganj police station (where the case is lodged) is located right opposite the court. But since the matter was already adjourned, the high court listed it for hearing on the next date after a week,” he added.

Mr Faruqui and 4 different stand-up comedians have been arrested on January 1 for allegedly insulting Hindu gods and violating Covid-19 protocol at a New Year occasion.

Munawar Faruqui, Nalin Yadav, Edvin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, and Priyam Vyas have been arrested on the criticism by the top of an area outfit, Eklvaya Singh Gaur, who can also be the son of native BJP MLA and ex-Indore mayor Malini Gaur. They have been later despatched to judicial custody till January 13.

The members of his organisation, Hind Rakshak group, alleged that the comedians made insulting remarks about Hindu gods and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The 5 have been charged beneath related part of the Indian Penal Code for “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings”, “deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings”, “negligent act likely to spread disease”, “disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant” and “common intention”.

Meanwhile, Mr Faruqui has additionally been requested to look earlier than a UP courtroom in an April 2020 case lodged towards him in Prayagraj, an Indore Police supply confirmed to NDTV.

The case in UP can also be associated to insulting remarks made about Hindu deities Ram and Sita and linking Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the 2002 Godhra violence.

Written By: Garima Arora


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