On Friday, the Supreme Court issued ad-interim bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui in reference to the Madhya Pradesh Police case against him for allegedly offending religious feelings.
The production warrant of the Uttar Pradesh Police against Faruqui was also stayed in a separate case by the bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and BR Gavai.
The Court issued a notice to the government of Madhya Pradesh noting that the law set down in its 2014 judgment in Arnesh Kumar v. the State of Bihar by the Supreme Court wasn’t really followed and that proceedings under Section 41 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) were not complied with.
Faruqui was booked by the Madhya Pradesh Police on 1 January on charges that during a recent stand-up show he made insulting comments about Hindu gods. Eklavya Singh Gaur, president of the Hindutva organization Hind Rakshak Sangathan, reportedly filed a complaint to that effect.