The Madhya Pradesh high court has granted bail to six Muslims, who were booked under sedition charges by the police for raising anti-national slogans in Dhar last year.
The bail plea had come up for hearing before the Indore bench on April 22. Justice SC Sharma observed that as the charge sheet had been filed in the matter, the accused might be granted bail.
The police had arrested the six on December 9 allegedly for raising anti-national slogans and insulting Chatrapati Shivaji, Hindu-Maratha communities during a procession on December 7 in Dhar locality. The Muslims had taken out the procession on the day to hand over a memorandum to the district magistrate against Hindus’ Shourya Yatra on December 6, the day when the disputed shrine was demolished in Ayodhya about two decades ago.
On March 21, the accused moved a bail petition before the high court. Pleading for bail, senior advocate Anand Mohan Mathur argued before the court that the charges of sedition were added by the police a day later under the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s pressure.
Mathur said, “The Muslim community had obtained a prior permission from the district administration for the procession which was accompanied by the tehsildar and policemen, who have denied having witnessed any such incident.”