The Patna High Court has recently denied anticipatory bail to two men who allegedly took vulgar and obscene photographs with an idol of Goddess Saraswati and posted it on social media.
The petitioners, Ravi Kumar @ Ravi Ranjan and Sahendra Ram, are apprehending their arrest in connection with the Kutumba PS case registered under Sections 153(A), 506/34 of the Indian Penal Code and 67 of I.T. Act, pending in the Court of ACJM III, Aurangabad.
The prosecution case is that the accused persons took very vulgar and obscene photographs with the statue of Goddess Saraswati and made it viral on social media platforms. Yugal Kishore, the counsel for the petitioners, submitted that the petitioners have no criminal antecedents. There is no allegation of tampering of witnesses alleged against the petitioner. The petitioners have falsely been implicated in the case and denied the allegation of posting vulgar photographs of idol Saraswati.
Zainul Abedin, the Additional Public Prosecutor, submitted that the petitioners are named in the FIR. The petitioners were also involved in uploading vulgar photographs of idol Saraswati on social media. The photographs are part of the FIR, he said.
The single-judge bench of Justice Sudhir Singh rejected the anticipatory bail petition. “If the petitioners surrender before the court below (ACJM III, Aurangabad) and pray for regular bail, the same shall be considered on its own merit without being prejudiced by this order. If possible, the regular bail is disposed of preferably on the same day,” the order reads.