Mumbai Court rejects Maulana Rabbani`s bail plea

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 20:01

Mumbai: A Sessions Court on Tuesday rejected the
anticipatory bail plea of Maulana Sheikh Mehraj Rabbani of
radical group Ahle Hadees in a case of hurting religious
sentiments.

Rabbani had approached the court seeking anticipatory
bail in a case lodged against him by one Siraj Ahmed Shaikh
alleging that the Maulana had hurt the sentiments of
Dargah-going Sunni Muslims by his allegedly offensive
speeches.

Additional sessions judge R G Avachat while rejecting the
bail plea observed that there was prima facie evidence against
Rabbani.

The court has, however, granted him relief for two days
to approach the Bombay High Court.

According to the complainant, Rabbani, while addressing a
gathering on January 28 at suburban Ghatkopar had allegedly
made abusive and hurtful remarks against Khwaja Garib Nawaz, a
saint whose shrine is at Ajmer in Rajasthan.

Rabbani`s lawyer had argued that he had not delivered any
speech as alleged in the FIR.

Public Prosecutor R V Kini, however, opposed the bail
plea stating that the Maulana had made the speeches despite a
gag order issued against him by police last year.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 20:01

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