Gurmail Singh, a man accused of performing Ardas (prayer) in a Gurudwara, was granted bail on Thursday by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in exchange for the early release of Dera Sacha Sauda's head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who is currently serving a twenty-year sentence in a rape case. (The State of Punjab vs. Gurmail Singh) According to Justice Avneesh Jhingan, there appeared to be no useful purpose in depriving the petitioner (Gurmail Singh) of his personal liberty based on the facts of the case. In a FIR filed against him under Indian Penal Code Sections 295-A (outraging religious feelings) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), the petitioner had approached the Court seeking regular bail.
The complainant claimed that the petitioner was singing praises and praying for Gurmeet Ram Rahim's early release, which hurt the religious sentiments of a particular community. The complaint also stated that a video recording of the Ardas had been circulated on social media. The petitioner and a co-accused, Sukhpal Singh, were also charged with conspiracy for allegedly acting with the intent of disrupting peace and harmony in the state of Punjab. The petitioner's counsel stated that the investigation against the petitioner had been completed and that the co-accused had been granted interim bail by the High Court. As a result, it was argued that the benefit of bail should be extended to the petitioner as well. The State objected to the bail hearing, claiming that the allegations against the petitioner were serious. The Court, however, granted the petition.
The investigation was complete, the co-accused had been granted bail, the petitioner had no criminal record, and the evidence had already been turned over to the investigating agency, according to Justice Jhingan. However, the Court clarified that if the petitioner engages in similar activities after his release, the State may file an application for bail cancellation.
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