Awaiting leave to file an indictment against comedic Munawar Faruqui: Madhya Pradesh Cops

The actor remained in prison in Indore for 35 days before being released on February 6 (File)


Madhya Pradesh police have been waiting since late January this year for the state government to approve the filing of an indictment against comedian Munawar Faruqui in a case filed against him in Indore for allegedly hurting the feelings of Hindus during a stand-up act, an official said. Monday.

Mr Faruqui and four others were arrested on January 1 following a complaint by a son of a BJP deputy that objectionable remarks about Hindu deities and the Union Home Minister , Amit Shah, were spoken during a comedy show organized in a café in Indore on New Year’s Day.

The comedian stayed in Indore central prison for 35 days before being released on February 6 after being granted provisional bail from the Supreme Court.

“We had sent a letter to the state government on January 29 of this year to obtain leave to bring the indictment against Faruqui and four other people in court. We have not yet obtained the indictment. approval, “Tukoganj police station official Kamlesh Sharma told PTI when asked about the latest status of the comedian’s case.

After obtaining the consent of the state government, an indictment under section 295-A (scandalous religious sentiments) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) will be presented against Mr. Faruqui and others. in court as the police investigation into the case is over, Sharma added.

In accordance with the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), it is necessary to obtain the authorization of the state government before an indictment is presented to the court in a case registered under Article 295-A of the IPC, he explained.

Mr. Faruqui was recently refused permission from the Karnataka police for a performance in Bengaluru on public order considerations, while some right-wing parties opposed it.

Indore police officials said their counterparts in Karnataka had obtained information from them about the case recorded here.

“We have shared the details of the case registered against Faruqui in Indore with the Bengaluru police,” he said.

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