Lack of case diary extends Munawar Faruqui’s bail hearing


Indore, Jan 15: The hearing on the bail petition of comedian Munawar Faruqui, arrested after a BJP leader’s son alleged that he had made objectionable com-ments on Hindu gods and god-desses during a stand-up act,

 in Madhya Pradesh High Court was extended Friday in the absence of a case diary. A single bench of the HC of Justice Rohit Arya has summoned the case diary and has fixed the next date of hearing tentatively January 25. Faruqui’s lawyer Anshuman Shrivastava told PTI that Tukoganj police station officials were un-able to produce the case diary for the hearing. Since his arrest after the com-edy show in question January 1 in Indore’s 56 Dukan area, Faruqui’s bail plea has been rejected by the 

chief judicial magistrate and the sessions court, after which he ap-proached the HC. Eklavya Singh Gaud (36), son of local BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaud, had filed a police complaint claiming he had been to Faruqui’s show and that it con-tained ‘indecent’ common 

Hindu gods and goddesses as well -as  Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Faruqui has been booked under IPC sections 295A (outraging re-ligious feelings), 269 (unlawful or negligent act likely to spread the—I infection of any disease dangerous to life) among others. 

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