Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui will remain in jail for the time being because prison authorities are yet to receive an official communication from the court in Uttar Pradesh on the Supreme Court stay on the production warrant. Jail officials say they are trying to reach out to the lower court to seek official communication and process his release.
The jail manual says a stay on a certain production warrant has to be communicated to the jail authorities by the very court that had issued the production warrant in the first place, which in Munawar’s case is yet to happen.
According to the jail authorities, the Supreme Court will have to inform the chief judicial magistrate in Prayagraj of the stay on the production warrant against Faruqui. The CJM will send official communication to the Indore jail superintendent, who will then facilitate Faruqui’s release.
The Supreme Court had yesterday granted an ad interim bail to Faruqui and issued notice to Madhya Pradesh Police in a case registered against him for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
“We issue notice in both the petitions and stay the Judgment of the High Court. The petitioner is released on ad-interim bail on conditions to the satisfaction of the trial court. In the meantime, there shall be a stay of the production warrants as well,” the bench ordered.
Charge against Munawar Faruqui
Munawar Faruqui was jailed in Indore on charges of hurting religious sentiments.
Madhya Pradesh Police says that during a comedy show which was held at a cafe in 56 Dukan area of Indore on 1 January, the comedian from Gujarat had made obnoxious comments about Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The police registered the case on a complaint filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur (36), son of BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaur.
Gaur said his aides and he had gone to the show as part of the audience, where Munawar Faruqui made the remarks. They objected to his comments and created ruckus over it. They also forced the event to stop.