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Tamil Nadu court grants bail to man held for anti-Islam memes on Facebook

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Tamil Nadu court grants bail to man held for anti-Islam memes on Facebook
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Tamil Nadu court grants bail to man held for anti-Islam memes on Facebook
Tamil Nadu court grants bail to man held for anti-Islam memes on Facebook

COIMBATORE: The principal district and sessions judge on Wednesday granted bail to a 30-year-old BK Pudur resident, who was arrested by the city police in December for social media posts against his religion.
M Aneesh, an ex-Muslim well-known in Tamil atheist circles, was booked by the Kuniyamuthur police on December 29 following a complaint lodged by sub-inspector V Ganesh Kumar.
He was booked under sections 153 (A) (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 505 (2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to the FIR, Aneesh posted memes questioning tenets of Islam and criticised Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page. The posts allegedly created communal disharmony and clash between people of different faiths.
Judge R Sakthivel said the charges are yet to be ascertained. “The court is unable to find prima facie evidence showing that the petitioner is causing disharmony among the general public,” he said. “He has the right, under the Constitution of India, to express views on religion and existence of God.”

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