‘Comedian’ Munawar Faruqui, who has been in judicial custody for the last two weeks for mocking Hindu God and Goddess, will have to continue to remain in jail as the Madhya Pradesh High Court today adjourned his bail hearing until next week.
Indian Express journalist Iram Siddique took to Twitter to inform that the bail hearing at High Court in Indore was adjourned as police failed to produce his case diary. Faruqui’s advocate, Anshuman Shrivastav alleged that it appears to be a tactic by police to harass his client.
Advocate Anushman Shrivastav further agrued before the court that the police should be ordered to get the diary and matter be heard in the second half. However, the court scheduled the hearing for next week.
Comedian Munawar Faruqui’s bail hearing at High Court in Indore was adjourned as police failed to get case diary. Faruqui’s advocate, Anshuman Shrivastav alleged that it appears to be a tactic by police to harass Faruqui. The bail plea will now be heard next week. @IndianExpress— Iram Siddique (@Scribbly_Scribe) January 15, 2021
‘Comedian’ Munawar Faruqui had moved the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking bail after the magistrate’s court as well as the sessions court had rejected his bail plea on January 5 (Tuesday) and 2 (Saturday) respectively.
His bail pleas were not only rejected but, Chief judicial magistrate Aman Singh Bhuria also extended Faruqui’s judicial custody till January 27.
Hindu activists handed over Munawar Faruqui to the police
Eklavya Singh Gaur, an activist and the chief of Hindu Rakshak Sangathan, had filed the complaint after watching the show. They had filed the complaint after they heard the “indecent” comments, leading them to force the organisers to stop the program.
The Hindu activist Gaur had also submitted video footage of the show. Gaur had said he and his friends went to watch the show where Faruqui was performing as the main comedian.
“The show mocked Hindu deities by passing indecent comments. The Godhra incident and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were also mentioned inappropriately. We shot a video and stopped the show by taking the audience out of the cafe. Then we caught the comedians and organizers of the show and took them to Tukoganj police station,” the Hindu activist said.
Gaur also said that no physical distancing was maintained at the venue and the show had no permission from authorities. At least 100 viewers were sitting in the small hall of the cafe, he said. Gaur denied media reports that Faruqui was beaten up by the activists of Hind Rakshak.
Faruqui on 2002 Godhra Carnage, Amit Shah and Hindu Gods
Munawar Faruqui, during a show in April last year, had ridiculed the 2002 Godhra carnage where 58 Hindus returning from Ayodhya were burnt alive by a Muslim mob. In a show, Faruqui had referred to the carnage as a fictional film ‘directed’ by Amit Shah and ‘produced’ by RSS.
A complaint was also filed against Faruqui after he had used Bollywood songs to make crass, disrespectful remarks on Hindu gods and belief system. He also pointed out how he mocked the brutal massacre of Hindus in the Godhra carnage by claiming, “Marney ke baad jaltay hai na? (Hindus get burnt anyway after death).”