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Indore court denies bail to Munawar Faruqui’s friend Sadaqat Khan

Khan being taken to police station after being beaten by Hindutva extremists on 2 January

By Muslim Mirror Staff

New Delhi: An Indore district court on Tuesday dismissed, for the second time, the bail plea of comic Munawar Faruqui’s friend Sadaqat Khan. The development comes three days after the Supreme Court granted bail to Faruqui.

Sadaqat, accused of being involved in the show’s organisation, moved the sessions court seeking bail on the basis of “parity” (similar circumstances), as Faruqui was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court four days ago.

The Additional Sessions Judge, in the order passed on Feb 9, cited some past Supreme Court rulings and said the grant of bail would not be justified under the law.

On Tuesday, Sadakat’s relatives said he had known Munawar for a while. Sadakat worked as a civil contractor in Mumbai and had travelled to Indore to visit his ailing grandmother and went to Munawar’s show at Munrow Café, the family said. “He had nothing to do with the show, nor did he crack any jokes. He was arrested from court the next day when he had gone to meet Munawar,” his uncle Yusuf Khan said.

Those who are still in jail include Sadakat Khan, Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas and Nalin Yadav. Of the six people arrested in the case, only Munawar and another accused, who was found to be minor have got bail.

Munawar’s case gained momentum and came to the fore as the police in his case had admitted that they had no evidence against him.

The comedian and five others were arrested on January 1 following a complaint by Eklavya Singh Gaud, son of local BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaud.

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