SC notice to MP govt on comedian Munawar Faruqui's bail plea

SC notice to MP govt on comedian Munawar Faruqui's bail plea

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh Government on bail the plea of comedian Munawar Faruqui who was arrested in Indore for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus during a show on new year.

A Bench headed by Justices RF Nariman also stayed a warrant for production of the comedian in Uttar Pradesh in another case.

On behalf of the comedian, advocate Saurabh Kirpal termed it a case of victimisation and that the procedure under the CrPC and the law laid down by the Supreme Court with regard to arrest wasn't followed.

Faruqui – who hails from Gujarat -- was arrested on January 1, by the Madhya Pradesh Police for his alleged derogatory remarks against Hindu gods during a show in Indore.

He has challenged the January 28 order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court that dismissed the bail pleas of Faruqui and fellow comedian Nalin Yadav.

"The evidence/material collected so far, suggest that in an organised public show under the garb of stand-up comedy at a public place on commercial lines, prima facie; scurrilous, disparaging utterances, outraging religious feelings of a class of citizens of India with deliberate intendment, were made by the applicant," the high court had said while rejecting his bail plea.

Maintaining that every right was coupled with duty, the HC said, “Liberty of an individual has to be balanced with his duties and obligations towards his fellow citizens," the high court had said, adding the state must endeavour to ensure that the "ecosystem and sustenance of coexistence in our welfare society is not polluted by negative forces.”

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