P&H HC Gives Bail to Man Accused Of Using Derogatory & Offensive Language Against Shri Guru Nanak Dev

Bail Law Insider

Shivani Thakur

Published on: May 31, 2022, at 20:34 IST

The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently granted bail to a man accused of using derogatory and offensive language against Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji and hurting the religious feelings of the people.

The bench allowed the Petition for Bail on the ground that there is no apprehension that the Petitioner may evade or otherwise interfere with the hearing.

The Petitioner has been booked for offences under Sections 295-A, 153-A and 120-B and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act.

It was alleged that one of the videos of Anil Arora has gone viral on social media. It is an audio cutting from an application ‘Club House’.

Anil Arora is talking to three-four persons and using inappropriate terminology against Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his father which is offensive to the followers of the Sikh Religion.

The Counsel for the Petitioner argued that the maximum sentence for alleged offences is imprisonment for three years. Sections 212 and 216 Indian Penal Code are not invoked against him. The ingredients of offences under Section 153A and 295A are not satisfied in this case.

There is no material to indicate that the conversation was deliberately and maliciously intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India.

The Court ordered Petitioner Vasu Syal to be released on Bail on his furnishing Bail/ surety bonds to the satisfaction of the Trial Court/Duty Magistrate concerned.

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