Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui Credit: Twitter

A Madhya Pradesh court in Indore has rejected bail to stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui and another accused arrested last week on a complaint of “indecent” remarks against Hindu deities during a show held in Indore.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Additional District and Sessions court judge Yatindra Kumar Guru rejected the bail plea of Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav. On Saturday last, the court of chief judicial magistrate rejected the bail plea of the comedian, Nalin Yadav and three others.

Acting on a complaint filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur, 36, son of a local BJP legislator, Gujarat-resident Munawar Faruqui 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 Indore on January 1.

Anshuman Shrivastava, the lawyer for Munawar Faruqui and Nalin Yadav, has reportedly said the allegations levelled against his clients are “vague”, adding that the two were booked under political pressure. He said the duo are actors and didn’t make any comment that hurt the religious feelings of any person.

Opposing the bail plea, prosecution lawyer Vimal Mishra reportedly said that 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).

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