On Friday, the Allahabad High Court granted bail to Faisal Khan who was arrested by the UP Police for allegedly offering prayers at Nand Baba temple in Mathura.
The bail application was allowed by Hon’ble Justice Siddharth.
In his bail application, Mr Khan had prayed the Court to release him on bail during the pendency of the trial.
The prosecution had alleged that Mr Khan and his co-accused Chqand Mohhamed had offered Namaz at the temple without taking the permission of the priest.
An FIR in the case was lodged after the photographs and videos of the incident went viral.
As per the FIR, the accused had disrespected the religious feelings of a community, and due to their alleged actions, religious harmony of the area might deteriorate. It was further alleged that the accused had received funds from abroad.
Contentions raised by the applicant’s Counsel:-
Learned Counsel for the applicant submitted that the accused was a well known social activist who had revived the Khudai Khidmatgar movement of India and was working to restore communal harmony of the region for last 25 years and in this regard he visited many temples.
It was further submitted that the Chief Priest of Nand Baba temple offered him prasad and lunch and blessed him as well. The conduct of the priest and applicant was clear from the photographs that went viral contented the Counsel.
As is clear from the photographs, the applicant never intended to disturb the communal harmony of the society. The Counsel also submitted that the Nawaz was offered outside the temple with the permission of the priest.
It was also stated that authorities were falsely trying to implicate the applicant in the case and that there was no proof that the applicant received funding from abroad.
Order of the Court:
After hearing the arguments, Hon’ble Justice Siddharth granted bail to the applicant (Mr Khan) but directed him to cooperate during the trial, not to influence the witness.
The applicant was also directed not to use social media to post photos of activities that might harm the religious sentiments of people during the pendency of the trial.