Sohail, a Muslim youth who has been in jail after he was booked by Madhya Pradesh Police for protesting Nupur Sharma’s derogatory remarks against prophet Muhammed was granted bail by Supreme Court on Tuesday.
“Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) secured bail in a Special Leave to Appeal (Crl.) No(s).9628/2022 from the Supreme Court of India through its lawyers Adv. Shoeb Alam, Adv. Fauzia Skakil,
Adv. Ujjwal Singh, AOR representing one accused Sohail who has been booked by Madhya Pradesh Police for protesting against Nupur Sharma’s derogatory remarks against prophet Muhammad,” read a press release by APCR, a legal NGO based in Delhi.
The petition was called for hearing on Tuesday by the bench of Justice Pamidighantam Sri Narasimha and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia which granted bail to accused-petitioner in F.I.R. No.362 of 2022, Police Station in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district.
“The Petitioner is about 20 years old and has been languishing in the jail for about 4 months as an undertrial in a case where the maximum sentence under the provisions in which the Charge Sheet is submitted is 3 years. For livelihood, the Petitioner works as a laborer and is the sole bread earner of the family. The parents of the Petitioner are dependent upon him for daily sustenance. It is pertinent to note that the Petitioner has no criminal antecedents,” read the SPL.
“In past few months, from punitive demolitions to fair trial, we have afforded legal support to hundreds of people from Khargone and Sendhwa from lower to the apex to realise their fundamental right to access to justice as enshrined in the constitution,” stated APCR.