No bail to Munawar Faruqui, High Court adjourns hearing for a week

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday adjourned the bail application filed by jailed comedian Munawar Faruqui after the police failed to produce the case diary’ before the Bench, Bar and Bench reported.

The matter has been listed for January 22.

Faruqui, performing artist Nalin Yadav and three others were arrested on the complaint of a Hindu fringe group leader and son of a BJP MLA that “indecent” remarks were made against Hindu deities and Home Minister Amit Shah during a show held in Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

During the hearing on Friday Justice Rohit Arya of the High Court was informed by the police that the case diary was not available with them. In this light, the Court noted in its order,

“Heard through Video conferencing, case diary is not available. List after one week.”

The comedian has been a target of right-wing groups since last year when one of his show got viral for its sharp comments.

Faruqui had also been allegedly roughed up by the members of the fringe group Hind Rakshak Sangathan, who forcefully took him to the Tukoganj police station along with the organisers of the event.

Meanwhile, several artists and rights activists spoke out against Faruqui’s arrest and demanded his immediate release.