A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to Ratan Lal, a professor at Delhi University’s Hindu College, who was arrested on Friday for posting a social media post at the Gyanvapi Mosque. The Hindu college professor questioned the validity of the videography survey which claimed the existence of a ‘Shivling’ inside the Gyanbapi Mosque in Varanasi.
Lal was produced in court on Saturday afternoon where his lawyer applied for bail. While granting bail, the court instructed Lal to “strictly refrain from posting any social media posts or interviews” as a result of his arrest related to the Gyanvapi mosque survey.
Delhi Police wanted Lal in judicial custody for 14 days for further investigation into the case. As the police prosecutor argued in court that granting red bail would send a wrong message and set a bad precedent, the Delhi Police said in its action that they had done everything necessary to prevent the accused from committing similar offenses in the future.
Lal was arrested under Cyber Police Station, North 153A (Section 153A (promoting hatred between different groups on the basis of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) and doing harmful work to maintain harmony) and 295A (intentionally). The act of insulting the religious feelings of a class by insulting religion).
Ratan Lal’s lawyer, Mehmood Pracha, said the sections against Lal did not authorize police officers to arrest him. “False charges have been filed against him (Professor Ratan Lal). The FIR and the allegation do not mention anything which can be termed as a cognizable offense. Nonetheless, arrests cannot be made under IPC 153A and 295A, the police do not have that power, “the news agency quoted ANI as saying.
“This arrest is also a contempt of court order and a violation of Section 3 of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Torture) Act. We will prove his innocence.” There should be more protests, “added Pracha.
Earlier, Lal had defended his actions saying that he was entitled to his opinion. She even claimed that her 20-year-old son was constantly being threatened on Facebook Messenger after her tweet. “In India, if you talk about anything, it will hurt the feelings of others. So this is nothing new. I am a historian and have made several observations. I wrote them, I used very careful language in my post and still do it. I will protect myself, ”said Lal.