SC grants bail to Muslim law intern assaulted by Hindu lawyers, arrested by MP Police (Maktoob)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to a Muslim law intern from Indore who has been under custody since January 28.

Sonu Mansoori had approached the Court alleging that she was heckled and attacked by Bajrang Dal men and Hindu right wing lawyers in Indore court premises and the police, instead of taking action against the miscreants, arrested her.

“Ld. ASG does not pose a serious objection to the bail application. Petitioner No. 2 shall be released on bail forthwith on releasing personal bond of Rs. 5000 to the satisfaction of the Court. The order shall be communicated to the Registrar of the High Court”, ordered the bench comprising Justices Ajay Rastogi and Bela M Trivedi, Live Law reported.

“Although her bail application has been rejected, I don’t want to stand in the way. Kindly enlarge her on bail” said Solicitor General KM Nataraj, appearing for the State of Madhya Pradesh.

Senior Lawyer Dushyant Dave, who represented the petitioners, said that the ASG has taken a “very fair” stand.

In the writ petition, Mansoori and her senior lawyer Noorjahan alleged that they are implicated in false, baseless, politically motivated and communally charged cases at the behest of the local organisations having affiliations to the current political dispensation in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

On 28 January this year, supporters of Bajrang Dal along with a group of lawyers associated with the right wing group Adhivakta Sangh, manhandled the law intern inside the courtroom. They accused the intern of secretly recording the bail proceedings of a Bajrang Dal leader who was accused of carrying out acts of vandalism in protest of the movie ‘Pathan’. On 25 January, advocate Ehtesham Hashmi (who passed away on February 9) was heckled and threatened by same Hindu right wing lawyers in the court premises for opposing the bail application of the Bajrang Dal leader…

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