Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, jailed over allegations of ‘insulting Hindu Gods and Goddesses’ during a show, was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court on Friday, which also issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh government.
Munawar Faruqui was denied bail thrice before. The Madhya Pradesh High Court refused to grant him bail on January 28.
A complaint by a BJP MLA’s son that the comedian made objectionable remarks on Hindu deities in a show in Indore led to his arrest on January 1. Four others were also arrested.
All of them were accused of making ‘filthy and indecent jokes’ about Hindu Gods and Goddesses, as well as home minister Amit Shah, according to the complaint by Eklvaya Singh Gaur, the son of a BJP MLA.
Liberty of a person has to be ‘balanced’ with his duties towards other citizens, Justice Rohit Arya of the Indore bench of the high court had said, citing a Supreme Court ruling. The court had also turned down the bail plea of Nalin Yadav, another accused in the case.