Vishal Dadlani gets anticipatory bail in Jain monk defamation case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ambala
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 23:24 IST
On September 21, music composer Vishal Dadlani had apologised to the Jain muni at Chandigarh. (HT File Photo)

District and sessions judge Deepak Gupta on Friday granted anticipatory bail to music composer Vishal Dadlani in case relating to alleged denigration of Jain muni (monk) Tarun Sagar.

Earlier on September 19, the court had stayed his arrest till September 23 and had asked him to join the investigations.

Dadlani had filed the anticipatory bail plea on September 17 through advocate Umresh Gandhi. Earlier, Dadlani had moved an application in the Punjab and Haryana high court for quashing of the complaint which the court had declined.

On August 29, the Ambala police had booked popular music composer Vishal Dadlani and Congress party national spokesperson Tehseen Poonawala for allegedly posting offensive posts allegedly denigrating the muni, relating to the speech he had made in Haryana assembly on August 26.

A local resident, Puneet Arora, had alleged that his religious feelings were hurt due to the post by Dadlani and Poonawala. The FIR was registered against the duo at Cantt police station under sections 153-A (promoting enmity between classes), 295-A (maliciously insulting the religion or religious belief of any class) and 509 (uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC.

On September 21, the composer had apologised to the monk at Chandigarh and had joined the investigations by recording his statement before the investigating officer here.

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