M.P. HC Grants Bail To Man Accused Of Hurting Sentiments Via FB Posts Related To Bharat Mata & Burning Of Manusmriti
The Madhya Pradesh High Court, Gwalior Bench has recently granted bail to the applicant accused of hurting the sentiments of the Sakal Brahmin Samaj through his Facebook posts related to Bharat Mata and the burning of Manu Smriti.
The case related to the offences punishable under Sections 153-A, 295A, and 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the applicant.
A Single Bench of Justice Atul Sreedharan ordered, “Under the circumstances, in view of what has been argued and considered by the Court hereinabove, application is allowed. It is directed that the applicant herein shall be enlarged on bail upon his furnishing a personal bond in the sum of Rs.50,000/- (Rs. Fifty Thousand Only) with 3 one solvent surety in the like amount to the satisfaction of the learned trial court.”
Advocate Rajesh Pathak appeared for the applicant while Public Prosecutor BPS Chauhan appeared for the respondent.
In this case, the applicant was in judicial custody with regard to the two Facebook posts uploaded by him which were found to be objectionable and were stated to have hurt the sentiments of the complainant i.e., an organization named Sakal Brahmin Samaj.
The complainant was ostensibly hurt by the posts of the applicant in which he raised the question “As who is the husband and father of the Bharat Mata”. The second Facebook post was for organizing a function of “Burning Manu Smriti.”
The High Court after hearing the contentions of both parties directed the applicant to submit a sum of Rs. 50,000/- as a personal bond.
Accordingly, the Court granted bail to the accused.
Cause Title- Babulal Delvar v. State of Madhya Pradesh