Mumbai Court rejects Maulana Rabbani`s bail plea
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 09, 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.


First Published: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 20:01

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