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Kerala HC Grants Anticipatory Bail to Man Accused of Promoting Religious Enmity [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 24 Sep 2020 11:06pm

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A case was filed against a Christian preacher alleging that he has been propagating his religious thoughts through the YouTube channel, he has been promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of Religion and has been criticizing the preachers of Islam in such a manner that he was spreading disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between persons belonging to Islam and Christianity. He was accused of the offence under section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which states “Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.”

The preacher through his advocate filed an application seeking anticipatory bail. The accused stated in his bail application that “he has no ill-will and all his arguments with the other religious leaders are based on ideologies and that he has been exercising his right within the Constitutional framer and the freedom of speech as guaranteed by the Constitution and his debates in the YouTube Channel is before the public and there was no attempt on his part to create hatred between persons belonging to Christianity or Islam.”

The Court after going through the various materials and the links provided by the applicant allowed the Bail application and said that “it is seen that the applicant has been propagating Christian Religion. True, he has made several debates in comparison to the Religion with Islam and has also contradicted the propagators of Islamic Religion. I am not going… Continue Reading...

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