Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan was denied anticipatory bail on Tuesday after making offensive statements during a fair in Nakodar’s Dera Baba Murad Shah.
Mann identified the dera ruler, Ladi Shah as the descendent of Shri Guru Amardas ji. Following this, Sikh organisations filed a complaint against him, accusing him of injuring religious sentiments.
Mann has filed an anticipatory bail plea before District and Sessions Court in this case. Though his lawyer said that he has already apologised for the same and he deserved to get bail.
Parminder Singh Dhingra and Ravinder Singh, Sikh groups advocates, said during the hearing that Mann’s remarks had hurt people’s feelings. There is a lot of anger among the Sikh Sangat in the country and abroad as a result of this. Maan remaining outside may provoke people’s disappointment and spoil Punjab’s environment. As a result, his plea for anticipatory bail should be denied.
Due to the protest’s announcement, there was tight security outside the courthouse. Sikh groups that were also members of the Sikh organisation declared the protest during Gurdas Maan’s visit to the court. Numerous police officers were deployed here to ensure that the court’s dignity was not compromised.
On Tuesday morning, however, members of Sikh groups were also present in considerable numbers at the courthouse. The environment remained calm, however, because Gurdas Maan did not attend in person and no judgement on expectant bail was made. Further, Paramjit Akali stated that he will wait for the court’s verdict to be announced tomorrow. After that, the next step will be taken.
A case under Section 295-A of the IPC has been registered against Maan at the Nakodar police station. The Sikh bodies had earlier blocked the Jalandhar-Delhi highway, demanding the arrest of Mann.