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Comedian Munawar Faruqui granted interim bail by Supreme Court, Twitter reacts

Comedian Munawar Faruqui granted interim bail after he was arrested on January 1 for the jokes he never made.

Comedian Munawar Faruqui was arrested in Indore on January 1 following a complaint by Eklavya Singh Gaur, the son of BJP MLA Malini Singh Gaur, that the comedian allegedly hurt Hindu religious sentiments during a comedy show.

However, on Friday, the supreme court has granted interim bail to standup comic Munawar Faruqui. Earlier, Munawar Faruqui had challenged the Madhya Pradesh High Court order which had rejected his bail application on January 28. He had even filed a writ petition as well as a Special Leave to Appeal (SLP), and both were heard by a bench of Justices R F Nariman and B R Gavai.

 “The evidence/material collected so far suggest that in an organised public show under the garb of standup comedy at a public place on commercial lines, prima facie; scurrilous, disparaging utterances, outraging religious feelings of a class of citizens of India with deliberate intendment were made by the applicants”, HC SAID.

 

“There is also a specific assertion by the learned counsel for the complainant that the applicant along with other co-accused persons allegedly making outraging filthy jokes in social media deliberately against Hindu Gods, Lord Shri Ram and Goddess Sita hurting religious sentiments of Hindus for the last 18 months despite, protest on various social media platforms. There is nothing on record to the contrary.”

After the news of Munawar’s bail was out in public, Twitter had a lot to say:

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Mayuresh Patil
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