Order reserved on Munawar Faruqui bail by Madhya Pradesh High Court

Police had booked five accused under sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), section 269 (unlawful or negligent act likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Persons arrested were Munawar Faruqui, Nalin Yadav, Prakhar Vyas, Edwin Anthony and Priyam Vyas.

Hight Court heard the bail plea of the two accused Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav in the matter of intensive remarks made against Hindu deities and Union Minister Amit Shah.

While hearing the two bail pleas, the counsel for applicant submitted that there was no evidence or material to show that Faruqui had made any comment to deride Hindu deities during the New Year Day show, as alleged in the FIR.

The bail pleas of the accused, including Faruqui have, since, been rejected by the District Sessions Court, after which the bail pleas have been moved by Faruqui and Yadav before the MP High Court.

Counsels opposing the plea said that Faruqui had made highly objectionable statements against Hindu gods and deities. One of them said there were several videos in the past, where Faququi can be seen insulting the Hindu gods and repeated the same on different occasions.

“This has led to other comedians making such remarks about Hindu gods. This is happening with 70 per cent of the comedians,” the counsel added.

The department said his arrest was based on ‘oral evidence’, given by the son of a BJP MLA, who claimed to have ‘overheard’ Faruqui rehearsing jokes that he would say in his act.

The council’s were further asked in same matter to submit documents objecting bail application. The order was also reserved against Nalin Yadav, who was the co-performer.

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