Popular Punjabi singer and performer Gurdas Maan has been granted Interim Bail in the case of hurting religious sentiments. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has accepted Gurdas Maan’s plea for Interim Bail as Gurdas Maan had moved the Punjab and Haryana High court after Jalandhar Court rejected his plea for anticipatory bail.
In Maan’s latest controversy, he had called former head of Dera, Sai Laddi Shah Ji, a descendant of the third sikh guru, Shri Guru Amardas Ji. This remark by Gurdas Maan offended the Sikh Community and a FIR was filed against him in Jalandhar. And the singer was booked under 295 (A) of Indian Penal Code. You can read about the entire controversy here,
Gurdas Maan had pleaded for an anticipatory bail in Jalandhar High Court which was rejected and led Maan moved to Punjab and Haryana High Court. His plea for anticipatory bail mentioned,
“Section 295 (A), IPC is invoked for deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. However, a bare perusal of the FIR shows that no offence under section 295 (A) IPC, can be said to be made out against the petitioner, as the basic ingredients of Section 295 (A) IPC, are not fulfilled. It is submitted that to fasten liability for an offence under the section, it has to be demonstrated that an act has been committed with deliberate and malicious intention, in order to outrage the religious feelings of any class of citizens and such act insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class. In the present case, the FIR prima facie fails to disclose that the essential ingredients of offence were made out.”
In the plea, the counsel of Gurdas Maan; Senior Advocate R S Cheema, Advocate Arshdeep Singh Cheema and Tarannum Cheema also focused on Maan’s religion and his contribution in promoting the same by writing various songs in the honour of various Sikh Gurus.