Munawar Faruqui, 29 year old stand-up comedian, was recently granted an ad-interim bail by the Supreme Court and the notice was issued to the Madhya Pradesh Police, where the case was registered against him.
Faruqui was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Police for supposedly insulting the religious sentiments of the people.
On 1st January 2021, a stand-up comedy show was organised at the Monroe Cafe Indore where Faruqui and other comedians cracked filthy and indecent jokes on Hindu Gods and goddess.
They were also supposedly cracking jokes on Amit Shah, Union Home minister.
Later a complaint was filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur, convenor of Hind Rakshak Sangathan and son of BJP legislator Malini Gaur, where he claimed that the event that took place on 1st January was held without the following of covid-19 guidelines and not obtaining the necessary permission for holding the event.
On 1st January, after the FIR was registered under sections 295A (malicious act for outraging religious feelings), 298(deliberate attempts to hurt the religious feeling), 269(negligent act to spread disease), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) and 34( acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intension) of the Indian Penal Code, Munawar Faruqui, Nalin Yadav-organizer of the show and four other individuals- Edward Anthony, Sadakat Khan, Prakhar and Priyam Vyas, were arrested
On 2nd January 2021, their bails were rejected by the Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Indore and it had been more than a month that Faruqui was in the jail.
About The Case From Faroqui’s Father In Law
Munawar Faruqui, a native of Junagadh Gujarat, was arrested for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus, according to the FIR filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur.
Munawar is married to the daughter of Younis Khan who said that they were relieved after they were notified about ad-interim bail granted to Faruqui in the case and the arrest warrant which was issued in the old case in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, has also been stayed by the Supreme Court.
He also alleged that his son-in-law was arrested despite the fact that he never committed any such criminal act on 1st January during the stand-up show.
He mentioned in his statement that the audience at New Year day’s comedy show, which took place in Indore, said that Faruqui didn’t even perform at the show and was arrested few moments before his performance.
The Supreme Court
Munawar Faruqui was previously denied three bails after the Supreme Court observed that the allegations against him were true.
Faruqui’s bails were denied by District Court, Session Court and the Indore Bench of MP High Court.
During the initial days, when the case was handled by Madhya Pradesh High Court, the MP Court declined his bail by saying the duties of a person, towards other citizens, has to be balanced with his liberty and he was accused making indecent remarks about Hindu Gods and Goddess during a show. Faruqui’s written petition was also passed to the top Court for challenging the Madhya Pradesh High Court order of denying him a bail.
The Supreme Court, headed by Justice RF Nariman , issued a notice to the Madhya Pradesh government challenging the MP High Court order refusing to grant him on a “regular bail”.