Naveen P, the nephew of the sitting MLA of Pulikeshnagar constituency was recently granted bail by Karnataka High Court.
He was accused of posting a derogatory post on Prophet Mohammed on Facebook. Naveen P was charged with the offences under section 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and also under Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
Section 153A Indian Penal Code, 1860 deals with punishment for person for attack upon religion Section 295A Indian Penal Code, 1860 deals with punishment for outraging the religious feelings of people. Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 deals with punishment for publishing obscene material in electronic form. Naveen P filed a bail application in Karnataka High Court and contended that he has merely forwarded the post and later withdrawn it. He is innocent and this complaint filed against him is false and done with a political motive. The prosecution that is the state of Karnataka in this case opposed his bail plea stating that the post shared by him has created a public disturbance. The prosecution further stated his post created commotion in 2 police stations and 57 police vehicles were burned and more have been damaged or burned. It was also stated by the prosecution that there are 7 cases registered against him and he is a habitual offender also there is a threat to his life if he is released on bail. The bench of Justice BA Patil accepted the bail application and said that merely on the ground that there is a threat to life the bail application cannot be rejected and if rejected it affects the fundamental right of the petitioner. The court imposed stringent conditions while granting the bail application to the petitioner Naveen P. [READ ORDER]