UTTARAKHAND: In the case of SAGAR SINDHU MAHARAJ ALIAS DINESHANAND BHARTI v. STATE OF UTTARAKHAND. The Uttarakhand High Court last week granted bail to Sagar Sindhu Maharaj alias Swami Dinesh Anand Bharti in connection with Haridwar Dharam Sansad Hate Speech Case.
The Bench held by Justice Narayan Singh Dhanik granted bail to him on the condition of executing a personal bond and furnishing two reliable sureties, each of like amount, to the satisfaction of the Court concerned
Essentially, an FIR had been lodged against Sagar Sindhu Maharaj alleging that during a religious meeting, in the name of Dharma Sansad (organized in December 2021) he and many others had made objectionable and provocative statements against the Prophet Mohammad and the religion of Islam.
It may be noted that for his alleged hate speech, Sagar Sindhu Maharaj has been booked under Sections 153A [Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony], 295A [Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs] of Indian Penal Code, 1860 by Uttarakhand Police.
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