Affair affecting religious sentiments: Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan obtained provisional bail

Gurdas Maan had moved the High Court of Punjab and Haryana against a court order in Jalandhar denying him early bail.

Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan (Express photo / Jaipal Singh)

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday granted temporary bail to Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan in a case filed against him for attacking the religious feelings of the Sikh community.

Maan (64) had moved the High Court from Punjab and Haryana against a court order in Jalandhar denying him early bail.

Maan was convicted of violating religious feelings by the Nakodar police in Jalandhar under IPC Article 295 (a). He was reserved although he apologized for the same.

In his early bail plea filed with HC, Maan’s attorney, lead attorney RS Cheema, attorney Arshdeep Singh Cheema and Tarannum Cheema, mentioned that “IPC Article 295 (A) is invoked. for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious convictions. However, a simple reading of the FIR shows that no infringement under Article 295 (A) of the IPC can be claimed against the applicant, as the basic ingredients of Article 295 (A) of the IPC IPC are not respected. It is submitted that in order to engage the responsibility for an offense under the article, it must be shown that an act was committed with a deliberate and malicious intention, in order to outrage the religious feelings of any category of citizens and a such act insults or attempts to insult the religion or religious beliefs of that class. In the present case, the FIR prima facie fails to reveal that the essential elements of the infringement have been established.

In the petition, Maan’s lawyers also mentioned that the petitioner is a Sikh by religion and is also a staunch devotee of all Sikh gurus and follows all Sikh practices. As a deeply devoted Sikh, the petitioner has made his modest contribution as a renowned artist. In addition, this petitioner is also a renowned Punjabi lyricist and has written a number of songs in honor of Sikh gurus which are extremely popular among Sikhs and Punjabis around the world, and he was awarded the jury award by the president in 2005.

Maan is the chairman of the Dera Murad Shah Trust in Nakodar. The incident concerns a recently organized religious program at Dera Baba Murad Shah. A video clip of the program then went viral in which Maan could be heard saying that Laddi Shah, the leader of Dera Baba Murad Shah, is a descendant of the third Sikh guru, Amardas. Sikh organizations immediately refuted this claim and said there was no historical evidence for the same.

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