Kochi: Observing that religious
fanaticism should be dealt with a firm hand, the Kerala High
Court on Monday dismissed bail applications of two accused in the
case relating to the chopping of the hand of a private college
lecturer in July last year.
The case relates to the attack on T J Joseph for
preparing a question paper having certain alleged derogatory
references to Prophet Mohammed.
Dismissing bail applications of Shiyas and Mohammed
Ali, a division bench comprising justices A K Basheer and P Q
Barqat Ali said, "We have no doubt that the charges levelled
against the accused are most heinous."
The court said a small section belonging to some
religion unfortunately get carried away by fanaticism and
illusory oppression and victimisation.
"Religious fanaticism of all hues and shades should be
dealt with a firm hand.
"What is saddening in this case is that the Prophet
has been ridiculed. They seem to have forgotten the reality
that they are living in a country which gives them absolute
freedom to practise their religion," the bench said.
The court pointed out that religious harmony and
tolerance that members of minority community enjoy is
unparalled and there is no sympathy to miscreants creating
"They are tarnishing the image of not only the
country, but their own religion, the bench said.
However, the court granted bail to another accused
Moideen Kutty of Valancherry in Malappura district who is in
custody since July 22 last year.