Comic Munawar Faruqui was released from Indore prison on Thursday night following ad-interim bail by the Supreme court a day earlier. He was arrested with five others for hurting religious sentiments on January 2.
Earlier on Saturday, the Indore jail authorities said they are yet to receive any orders from the Supreme Court regarding the comedian’s release. They added that Faruqui’s bail was in connection with the case lodged against him in the Madhya Pradesh case and that he he was yet to get relief in the case lodged against him in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. However, he was released later in the day following a call from a judge of the Supreme Court.
Upon his release, Faruqui said he has complete faith in the judiciary and laws and hopes he will get justice. He said he does not want to say anything more right now.
Faruqui was arrested in January following a complaint by the son of a BJP MLA. The complainant had said that Faruqui made objectionable comments against Home Minister Amit Shah and Hindu deities during an event in Indore on New Year’s day. A case was filed against him in Pragayraj as well on similar charges.
Faruqui was granted bail by the apex court on Friday. SC also issued a notice to the Mdhya Pradesh government and put on hold a warrant against him in Uttar Pradesh. He was denied bail thrice earlier with the last appeal being rejected by the Madhya Pradesh high court on January 28.