Himachal High Court rejects bail plea of Doctor for outraging religious feelings

Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday refused anticipatory bail of an accused in the case concerning outraged religious feelings of others and derogatory comments against Lord Shiva and god Nandi Ji in a recent Facebook post recently. 

An FIR has been registered against the accused under sections 295A, 153A, and 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against him by Una police.

 Rejecting the bail plea of the accused Justice Virender Singh said that applicant (Nadeem Akhtar) is not a layman, but, an educated person, who is well aware of the effect of his alleged post and comments.

The court further emphasized that while residing in a society, it is the duty of all people to respect the religious beliefs of the other members of the society.

The accused argued that if he is arrested, it would cause hardship to him and his family. The accused further argued that his reputation and goodwill as a doctor would be tarnished.

 The accused is a qualified ophthalmologist and runs a private clinic at Mehatpur. He has resided in the area for over twenty years and rendered services as a doctor. The accused further contended that he is a law-abiding citizen and respects all religions. He further argued that the contents of the FIR are based upon a misconception.

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