Updated: February 27, 2021 6:35:07 am
Comedian Nalin Yadav and civil engineer Sadakat Khan were granted ad-interim bail by the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday.
A single bench of justice Rohit Arya, accepting the appeal for parity with the Supreme Court order granting comedian Munawar Faruqui ad-interim bail on February 5, granted temporary relief to Sadakat and Nalin — Faruqui’s co-accused under a charge of hurting religious sentiments.
The relief for the duo comes nearly two months after their arrest on January 1 based on a complaint by Ekalavya Singh Gaur, son of BJP MLA Malini Singh Gaur. Nalin along with Munawar Faruqui, Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas were arrested on January 1 while Sadakat was arrested on January 2 from outside the court premises where he had come to meet Faruqui.
All six were charged with hurting religious sentiments. While Munawar was the first to get ad-interim bail from the Supreme Court, Prakhar Vyas and Edwin Anthony were granted relief by the High Court on February 12 after they pleaded for parity with the Supreme Court’s order. But Sadakat Khan’s bail plea citing parity was rejected on February 9. Subsequently, he had approached the High Court with Nalin Yadav. Priyam Vyas who was later learnt to be a minor, was granted relief a week after his arrest by the Juvenile Court.
According to Yadav’s counsel, Anshuman Shrivastava, the HC questioned why his client did not approach the Supreme Court for bail. “We informed the honorable court that while we were planning to approach the Supreme Court, the High Court had in the meanwhile granted bail to other co-accused in parity with the Supreme Court order. We applied for relief before the High Court itself,” Shrivastava told The Indian Express.
Nalin’s 17-year old brother, Akash Yadav expressed his happiness at the court’s decision. “In the evening, we were told that there was some delay with the prosecution not being available and so the hearing might be passed on Monday and my heart sunk in that moment,” said Akash, who has been juggling studies and a part time job and will now have to secure the bond amount for his brother.
At Sadakat’s house, there were celebrations with the family preparing his favorite meal awaiting his return. “His mother hasn’t stopped crying since she had heard of the bail being granted. We asked her, as to why now does she has to cry and she only says that god has finally hear her prayers,” said Liyakat Khan, Sadakat’s father. “It is no less than Eid in our house today,” he added.
Sadakat’s advocate, Ashar Warsi pointed out, “We pleaded for parity before the honorable court which accepted our plea and granted us relief in the matter.”
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