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Supreme Court grants interim bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui
February 5, 2021
Comedian Munawar Faruqui was on Friday granted interim bail by the Supreme Court. The Court also stayed the warrant issued by the Uttar Pradesh Police asking him to appear before them. A bench comprising Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and BR Gavai also granted Munawar interim protection from arrest and issued a notice to the Madhya Pradesh police.
Faruqui and four others were arrested on January 1 following a complaint by the son of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator, alleging he had passed objectionable remarks about Hindu deities and Union home minister Amit Shah during a comedy show at a cafe in Indore on New Year’s Day. One more person was arrested after that.
A bench of Justices RF Nariman and BR Gavai also issued notices on the petitions filed by comedian for bail and quashing of the first information filed against him by the Madhya Pradesh Police for allegedly hurting religious sentiments, Live Law reported.
The court said that the allegations mentioned against him in the FIR are vague, The Hindu reported. The bench noted that the procedure set down by the court in a previous judgment had not been followed in Faruqui’s case.
Additionally, the court stayed the production warrant issued by the Uttar Pradesh Police against Faruqui. The Uttar Pradesh Police had sought the comedians custody in connection with a case from April. The complainant had accused him of making derogatory comments about Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and of hurting religious sentiments.
The Supreme Court was hearing two pleas by Faruqui – one challenging the Madhya Pradesh High Court’s Jan 28 order denying him bail, and a writ petition against the state police’s first information report against him.
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