Allahabad HC rejects PFI activist’s bail plea, says freedom of speech not absolute


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Rejecting the anticipatory bail application of PFI member Mohammad Nadeem, Justice Chandra Dhari Singh observed that someone who takes the risk of “dissemination of blasphemous messages is not entitled to get the discretion of the Court exercised in his favour”.

The High Court observed that prima facie, the offence punishable under IPC section 153A “is attracted to the facts of the case”.

The Allahabad High Court has said the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression in a secular state is not a licence to hurt religious feelings, faiths and beliefs of fellow citizens.

Nadeem was booked under IPC Section 153-A (promoting enmity) by Barabanki police on a complaint filed by one Anil Kumar who had alleged that the PFI member was “propagating that every Muslim has to come forward to protect the site of Babri Masjid” in view of the foundation-laying ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.



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