Comedian Munawar Faruqui to remain in jail as MP High Court rejects bail plea citing 'eyewitnesses, ongoing probe'
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday dismissed the bail plea of stand-up comedian Munawar Farooqui and Indore resident Nalin Yadav, arrested on January 2 for allegedly hurting religious sentiments during their show. The High Court cited statements of the eyewitnesses and ongoing investigation in the matter while rejecting the bail plea.
The MP High Court, which reserved its order on Monday, as reported by Bar and Bench, today said, "regard being had to the material seized and the statements of the witnesses and that the investigation is in progress, no case is made out for grant of bail."
“The evidence/material collected so far, suggest that in an organized public show under the garb of standup comedy at a public place on commercial lines, prima facie; scurrilous, disparaging utterances, outraging religious feelings of a class of citizens of India with deliberate intendment, were made by the applicants,” the court said.
Munawar Faruqui along with Nalin Yadav, Edvin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas and Priyam Vyas was arrested by the MP Police on January 2 after the son of local BJP MLA, Ekalvya Singh Gaur filed an FIR with the police against the four. In his complaint, Eklavya Singh Gaur stated that the stand-up comedian insulted Hindu gods and passed indecent comments on Home Minister Amit Shah.
Justice Rohit Arya of the MP High Court also rejected Munawar Faruqui's lawyer's arguments, in which he stated that the comedian was invited by the organizers of the show and was present but had not made any statement as alleged in the complaint. To which the court said that the possibility of more "incriminating material" could not be ruled out as probe in the matter is still underway.
"In the light of the statements of the complainant and the witnesses referred above, the seized articles, video footage of the show and the seizure memos detailed above, at this stage, it is difficult to countenance to the submissions of the learned counsel for the applicant as the complacency of the applicant cannot be ruled out, besides vulnerability of his acts in the public domain," Justice Rohit Arya said.
Justice Arya also noted the constitutional duty of every citizen and the state to promote harmony and spirit of the common brotherhood irrespective of religious, linguistic, sectional and regional diversities.
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