Bail plea of stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav, was rejected by a court in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.
Bail plea of stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav, was rejected by a court in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore. They were arrested on the basis of a complaint that they had passed “indecent” remarks against Hindu deities during a show in Indore.
Additional District and Sessions court judge Yatindra Kumar Guru rejected the bail plea of Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav, after hearing the arguments of both the sides.
On January 2, the court of chief judicial magistrate rejected the bail plea of the comedian, Nalin Yadav and three others.
Munawar Faruqui, was arrested on Saturday along with four others for allegedly commenting indecently against Hindu deities and also passing remarks against Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a show held at a cafe in 56 Dukan area of Indore on January 1. Munawar Faruqui, a resident of Gujarat.
The complaint was filed against them by Eklavya Singh Gaur, 36, son of local BJP legislator Malini Laxman Singh Gaur.
Anshuman Shrivastava, the lawyer for Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav, said that the allegations made against his clients are weird and baseless. He said that the two were booked for the complainant’s selfish motives.
He said Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav are actors and didn’t make any comment that hurt the religious feelings of any person.
Opposing the bail plea, prosecution lawyer Vimal Mishra said both the accused had participated in the event for which no permission was taken from local administration amid the pandemic.
Mr Mishra said indecent remarks were made against Hindu deities at the event, which he claimed was “full of obscenity despite the presence of minor boys and girls among the audience.”
The other arrested people were identified as Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas and Priyam Vyas. One more participant was arrested later, the police had said.