Breaking: Supreme Court Grants Interim Bail to Comedian Munawar Faruqui, Says FIR is ‘Vague’

The Supreme Court of India has granted an interim bail to Comedian Munawar Faruqui, who was arrested along with 4 others on January 2 for an FIR against him for allegedly making objectionable remarks on Hindu Deities and Amit Shah.

The Court has stated that the procedure of notice before his arrest was not followed, and that the FIR against him and others remain vague too. “Is it correct that the Arnesh Kumar judgment rules have not been followed before arresting him? That’s enough. Quite apart from the fact that the allegations contained in the FIR are quite vague, the procedure set down in our judgment has not been followed,” Justice RF Nariman said.

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The FIR was filed by MP Police following a complaint by Eklavya Singh Gaur, convenor of  the local outfit Hindu Rakshak, who is also the son of BJP MLA Malini Singh Gaur. Munawar Faruqui had earlier applied for interim bail grant in Madhya Pradesh High Court, which was rejected on January 28. The court didn’t have any video evidence proving the allegation, but had said the ‘possibility of more incriminating material could not be ruled out as investigations were still on’. The SHO of Tukojiganj Police Station, Kamlesh Sharma had told India Today that the police did not find any evidence against Faruqui in the videos initially given by the complainant.

Faruqui has been booked under IPC Sections 295A (outraging religious feelings) and 269 (unlawful or negligent act likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) among other charges.

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