A district court in Indore court has rejected the bail applications of Munawar Faruqui and his show organiser, Nalin Yadav, arrested on January 1 for allegedly insulting Hindu gods and violating Covid-19 protocol at a New Year event.
Additional district and sessions court judge Yatindra Kumar Guru rejected the bail plea of Faruqui and Yadav while earlier on January 2, a chief judicial magistrate had rejected the bail plea of the comedian, Nalin Yadav and three others.
Faruqui, Nalin Yadav, Edvin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, and Priyam Vyas were arrested after members of an organisation created a row alleging they made insulting remarks against Hindu Gods and also against Home Minister Amit Shah. They were later sent in judicial custody till January 13.
A complaint was also filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of Indore BJP MLA Malini Gaur.
The court observed that the two have been accused of making objectionable remarks on Hindu gods and goddesses, passing lewd remarks at women and displaying items such as condoms in the presence of children. “And considering these circumstances, giving them the benefit of bail will create a law and order situation,” the court said.
The event was held at Cafe Monroe in Indore’s 56 Dukan area on Friday.
Government pleader Vimal Kumar Mishra said the court was informed that a similar case was lodged against Faruqui in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. “The court rejected the bail applications of the comedians given the seriousness of the case,” he said.
The five have been booked under IPC sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings), 298 (deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings), 269 (negligent act likely to spread disease), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 34 (common intention).