Madhya Pradesh High Court Reserves Orders on Munawar Faruqui’s Bail Plea

Comedian Munawar Faruqui released from jail; says he has faith in the Judiciary

A single bench headed by Justice Rohit Arya in the Madhya Pradesh High Court has recently decided to reserve orders on the bail application made by comedian Munawar Faruqui. The comedian was arrested on the 2nd of January with four others for allegedly making objectional statements against Hindu gods and deities. The complaint was made by Eklavya Singh Gaur, who is the son of BJP legislator Malini Gaur. Mr. Gaur has claimed to have overheard Faruqui rehearsing jokes that he was going to be in his act. Many of the intervenors who were against granting bail said the comedian has insulted both Lord Ram and Sita and circulated many videos that were circulated all over social media. Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha who represents Mr. Faruqui said that the comedian has not done anything wrong and bail should be granted. Justice Arya disagreed with this and stated that the comedian had taken advantage of other’s religious sentiments and emotions. For now, the Judge has reserved his order and asked those objecting to the bail application to file supporting evidence against the accused.