Comedian Munawar Faruqui, who was released from the Central Jail here, has expressed full confidence in the judiciary of the country after receiving a major relief from the apex court in the case of alleged objectionable comments about Hindu deities. He has also said that he expects justice.
Farooqui, who spent 35 days in judicial custody, said in a brief video message after his release from jail, “I would not like to comment at this time (regarding the cases registered against me). But I have full faith in our judiciary and hope Is that I will get justice.”
Significantly, in an order passed on Friday by the Supreme Court, Faruqui was granted interim bail in the case registered in Indore. Along with this, in the case registered in Prayagraj against him on the charge of hurting religious sentiments, the trial warrant of a lower court there was also stayed.
However, the release of the 32-year-old comedian from the Central Jail was not easy despite the huge relief from the apex court. He was lodged in the jail under judicial custody for the last 35 days and was released late Saturday during a highly dramatic incident.
The Superintendent of the Central Jail, Rakesh Kumar Bhangere, said on Sunday that the order passed by the apex court in Faruqui’s case on Friday after a call from a Chief Judicial Magistrate of Indore (CJM) was removed from the court’s website and based on this late Saturday The young comedian was released from prison.
Eyewitnesses said that on receipt of information about Faruqui’s release, media personnel had also gathered in the jail premises late on Saturday night. But the comedian, who was arrested in a religiously sensitive case, was secretly thrown out of the prison premises, keeping him out of sight.
After release, Faruqui was taken to Advocate Chambers on the premises of Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on MG Road. Then proceeded to an unknown location.
Before Faruqui’s release, top police officers reached the Central Jail Complex late Saturday. During this time, the staff of the special branch of the police remained stationed in plain clothes and took stock of the situation.
According to officials, Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of Indore BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaur, filed a case on January 1 at Tukoganj police station against Farooqui and four others involved in organizing a comedy show. The MLA’s son alleges that objectionable comments were made about Hindu deities, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Godhra incident at the event held on January 1 in a cafe in the city.
However, Faruqui’s local lawyer Anshuman Srivastava has been claiming that the allegations made in the FIR on his client regarding these alleged remarks have nothing to do with Indore’s program and under political pressure against him over the controversies of his earlier presentations The matter has been fabricated at the local level.
Apart from this, the 32-year-old comedian is facing allegations of objectionable comments on Hindu deities in the case registered last year at the Georgetown Police Station in Prayagraj.
It is noteworthy that Faruqui’s bail applications in the case filed by the local police were rejected by the District Court of Indore and subsequently the Madhya Pradesh High Court after hearing the arguments of both the parties. The comedian then sought the Supreme Court for release on bail.