Munawar Faruqui released from Indore prison day after getting interim bail
Eyewitnesses said that the comedian walked out of the jail silently and quietly, possibly to avoid a backlash in the wake of accusations made against him
Indore: Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui walked out of Indore central jail late on Saturday night, a day after the Supreme Court granted him bail in a case for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
Faruqui was released from the jail after the prison authorities received the order of the Supreme Court, an official of the jail said.
Arrested for allegedly hurting religious sentiments, Faruqui was in Indore jail since 1 January.
On Friday, the Supreme Court granted him interim bail after the Madhya Pradesh High Court had rejected his bail plea on 28 January.
The apex court also stayed the production warrant issued against Faruqui by a court in Prayagraj in connection with an FIR lodged there.
Eyewitnesses said that the comedian walked out of the jail silently and quietly, possibly to avoid a backlash in the wake of accusations made against him.
Media persons also flocked outside the jail after getting the news of his release.
Sometime before his release, an official of the Indore central jail had said that a court in Prayagraj had ordered Faruqui's production in a similar case on 18 February.
Citing the jail manual, he said that an order from the Prayagraj court or a competent government officer was needed to release him.
This comes after the bench took serious note of the fact that the son took his mother who is also virtually immobile to a registrar's office in Motihari, Bihar, to get her thumb impression to allegedly sell off her properties worth Rs 2 crore
Her comment came a day after Supreme Court in a landmark order put on hold the controversial sedition law till the Centre completes a promised review of the colonial relic and also asked the central and state governments not to register any fresh case invoking the act
The colonial-era sedition law has been invoked against the likes of author Arundhati Roy, student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, and cartoonist Aseem Trivedi among others