The Supreme Courtroom granted Munawar Faruqui bail
Recently comedian Munawar Faruqui was arrested by police in Madhya Pradesh on January 1st.
His arrest was based on allegations that he made derogatory remarks against the Hindu gods on his stand-up comedy show.
Eklavya Singh Gaur, head of the Hindutva organization Hind Rakshak Sangathan, filed a complaint.
Faruqui is pleading bail in both the court hearing and the Madhya Pradesh High Court, which both courts have denied.
The reason the court refused bail was that there is no known case for bail with regard to the seized material and testimony of witnesses and the ongoing investigation.
The High Court also found that there was prima facie evidence suggesting that Faruqui and the show’s organizer, Yadav, intended to incur religious sentiments under the guise of stand-up comedy.
However, when the parties turned to the Supreme Court, the court granted the comedian a bail and also upheld the Uttar Pradesh Police Department’s production order against him in a separate case.
The court also issued a notice to the MP government noting that the law established by the Supreme Court in its 2014 ruling in Arnesh Kumar v. Bihar State and that set out in Section 41 of the Code of Criminal Procedure was not being complied with Proposed procedure followed was not followed.
SC also canceled the FIR submitted by the police in the present case.