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Bombay HC grants interim bail to man who posted video on social media accusing Tablighi Jamaat members of assault, spitting on him

According to the FIR, the applicant had deliberately made false allegations in his video to hurt religious feelings and, thereby, caused a rift in society. The applicant stood by his allegations before the Court.

Rintu Mariam Biju

Earlier this week, the Bombay High Court granted interim bail to a Muslim man booked by the Mumbai Police after he posted a video on social media accusing the members of the Tablighi Jamaat community of assaulting and spitting on him.

In this regard, the order passed by a single Judge Bench consisting of Justice Sarang Kotwal reads,

"In the event of the arrest of the applicant in connection with C.R. No. 170 of 2020 registered with Shahunagar Police Station, till the next date, the applicant is directed to be released on bail on his furnishing P.R. Bond in the sum of Rs.25,000/-."

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The Court added that the applicant must cooperate with the investigation and appear before the concerned police station as and when required.

The applicant was booked for inciting communal violence, defamation and other offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The applicant stood accused of deliberately making false allegations against a particular religious group in his video, hereby, causing a rift in the society.

Countering this, Advocate Vishal Saxena argued for the applicant that the allegations of assault were true and that a non-cognizable case has been filed over the same on April 21 as well.

At the request of the Additional Public Prosecutor SV Gavand for more time to respond, the Court on Monday adjourned that matter. However, in the meanwhile the Court has granted interim bail to Kalam, stating,

"... considering the nature of allegations in the background of the non-cognizable case filed by the applicant himself, at this stage, I am inclined to grant ad-interim relief to the applicant till the next date."

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The matter has been scheduled to be taken up next on May 20.

[Read order here]

Bombay HC interim bail.pdf
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