The judicial magistrate of the district court had on January 2 rejected the bail applications of five accused in the case, including Farooqui and Yadav.
The Sessions Court of Indore refused to grant bail to Gujarat stand-up comedian Munavvar Farooqui and another accused in a case of allegedly objectionable comments during a comedy show. Both the accused were arrested on January 1 on the complaint of the son of a local BJP MLA.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Yatindra Kumar Guru rejected the bail applications of Nalin Yadav, a resident of Indore, who is associated with organizing a Farooqui and comedy program from Junagadh, Gujarat, after hearing arguments from both sides. During the arguments in the court, Farooqui and Yadav’s counsel Anshuman Srivastava said that the charges against both their clients in the FIR were unclear and the case was lodged under political pressure.
Srivastava stated in his plea that both his clients are artists and he did not make any commentary that would hurt a person’s religious sentiments at a comedy show organized on New Year in the city.
On the other hand, prosecution lawyer Vimal Mishra strongly objected to the bail applications of Farooqui and Yadav in the court. He said that during the Coronavirus infection, the accused were not allowed to take part in the comedy show organized in a cafe in 56 shop area of the city.
The prosecution counsel gave special emphasis to the FIR’s allegation that the event was made a mockery of Hindu deities and that the program was obscene, while its audience included minor boys and girls. Earlier, on January 2, the bail applications of five accused in the case, including Farooqui and Yadav, were rejected by a chief judicial magistrate of the district court.
Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of the local BJP MLA, had filed a case on January 1 at the Tukoganj police station against Farooqui and four others involved in organizing the comedy program. The MLA’s son alleged that indecent remarks were made about Hindu deities, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and the Godhra incident at the event.
According to eyewitnesses, Eklavya along with his teammates reached the event as an audience. He created a ruckus in protest against the alleged objectionable remarks and after stopping the program, five people including Farooqui were arrested and handed over to the police.
Police officials said that Section 295-A (Intentional acts intentionally intended to hurt the religious sentiments of a class), Section 298 (Offending religious sentiments) to the five people for the controversial program Was arrested under intentional intent) and other related provisions. Later another person was arrested on charges of being involved in organizing the event.