Munawar Faruqui, a resident of Gujarat, was arrested on Saturday along with four others for allegedly making indecent remarks against Hindu deities and against Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a show held at a cafe in 56 Dukan area of Indore on January 1.
The complaint was filed against them by Eklavya Singh Gaur, 36, son of local BJP legislator Malini Laxman Singh Gaur. Court denies bail to comedian arrested in Indore for “Insulting” Hindu Gods. A court in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore rejected the bail plea of stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav. After hearing arguments of both sides, Additional District and Sessions Court judge Yatindra Kumar Guru rejected the bail plea of Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav.
On January 2, the court of chief judicial magistrate rejected the bail plea of the comedian, Nalin Yadav, and three others. Anshuman Shrivastava, the lawyer for Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav, said that the allegations levelled against his clients are “vague” in nature. He said the two were booked under political pressure.
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. 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 person was arrested later for taking part in the programme, the police had said. The police had booked five accused under sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), section 269 (unlawful or negligent act likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Gaur said he and his associates had gone to the show as an audience, where the comedian made the remarks. They objected to his comments and created a ruckus over them. They also forced the event to stop.
Rhea Chakraborty unable to get a house on rent
After so many media trials and too much witch hunting, no one is risking giving a house to Rhea and her family, said the broker in Bandra. He also said, so far, they have seen hundreds of houses through various brokers, some are not in their budget and some are denying them the house on rent.
Rhea Chakraborty and brother Showik, two were spotted in public for the first time since their release from jail for house hunting in Bandra. Last week, their parents, Indrajit and Sandhya, checked out some apartments in Bandra and Khar. Looks like the Chakrabortys are keen to move out of their Juhu Tara Road home and start afresh. Rhea had been in jail for nearly a month on drug-related charges linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput death case investigation.
Rhea was arrested by the NCB on September 9 in a drug case linked to her boyfriend, actor Sushant’s death. The actress was granted bail on October 7, 2020. Her brother Showik continued to remain under custody for a longer period. He was granted bail on December 2.