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SC grants intervening time bail to comic Munawar Faruqui, stays production warrant issued in UP case


The Supreme Court docket on Friday granted intervening time bail to comic Munawar Faruqui in a case lodged at Indore in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly hurting non secular sentiments.

A bench headed by Justice RF Nariman furthermore issued a peep to the Madhya Pradesh Govt on Munawar’s plea tense the high courtroom relate refusing to grant customary bail to him.

Within the complaints conducted via video conferencing, the bench, furthermore comprising Justice BR Gavai, furthermore stayed the production warrant issued against the comic in a separate case lodged in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly hurting non secular sentiments.

Faruqui and four others were arrested on 1 January following a criticism by a BJP MLA’s son that alleged objectionable remarks about Hindu deities and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah were handed by him all the device via a comedy shriek at a cafe in Indore on New Year”s day. One extra particular person was once arrested therefore.

The high courtroom, in its relate handed on 28 January, had refused to grant him bail noting that to “promote harmony” is one of many constitutional tasks. It had furthermore became down the bail plea of but another accused within the case.

In its relate, the high courtroom had stated it would no longer commentary on the merits of the case, nonetheless per the self-discipline fabric seized, the witnesses’ statements, and brooding regarding the truth that probe was once going on, no case was once made out for grant of bail.

“The evidence/self-discipline fabric peaceable to this point suggests that in an organised public shriek under the garb of stand-up comedy at a public deliver on industrial traces, prima facie, scurrilous, disparaging utterances, outraging non secular feelings of a class of citizens of India with deliberate intent, were made by the applicant,” the Madhya Pradesh High Court docket had stated.

There was once a probability that “extra incriminating self-discipline fabric” may per chance well per chance per chance be peaceable, and extra, a identical case has been registered against Faruqui in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, the high courtroom had neatly-known.


“That apart, there is furthermore a particular assertion by the counsel for the complainant that the applicant, alongside with other co-accused contributors, (were) allegedly making outraging filthy jokes in social media deliberately against Hindu Gods, Lord Shri Ram and Goddess Seeta, hurting non secular sentiments of Hindus for the last 18 months, despite stutter on different social media platforms. There may per chance be nothing on anecdote to the opposite,” it had stated.

As per the First Records File, the comedy shriek was once held at a cafe in 56 Dukan design of Indore on 1 January 1. Eklavya Singh Gaud, son of BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaud, had filed a criticism against Faruqui and others.

Gaud had stated that he and his friends had long past to own a look on the shriek the put alleged indecent jokes were made about Hindu gods and goddesses and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah. He forced the organizers to cease the shriek, he had stated.

Faruqui and others were arrested for the alleged offences punishable under different sections of the Indian Penal Code, including share 295-A which gives with deliberate and malicious acts, meant to outrage non secular feelings of any class.

They were furthermore accused of conserving the shriek amid the COVID-19 pandemic without permission and were booked under other relevant provisions of the IPC.

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