The Indore Police on Sunday said they had no video evidence to show that comedian Munawar Faruqui insulted Hindu deities, the Indian Express reported. Faruqui had been arrested on Friday for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.
Kamlesh Sharma, the town inspector of Tukaganj Police Station said that the video submitted by the complainant showed another comedian making jokes about the deity Ganesh. “There’s no evidence against him [Faruqui] for insulting Hindu deities or Union Minister Amit Shah,” Sharma said.
The complaint against Faruqui was filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur, the chief of Hindutva group Hind Rakshak Sangathan. Gaur is the son of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Malini Gaur. Faruqui was also accused of making derogatory remarks about Union Minister Amit Shah.
Meanwhile, several comics, including Varun Grover, Vir Das, Kaneez Surkha, Agrima Joshua and Rohan Joshi, meanwhile, took to social media in support of Faruqui.
You can't stop jokes and laughter. Not because comedians are performing it, but because people need to laugh. Harder you try, the more you're going to be laughed at, now, and by history.
Anyone who has ever tried to control humour, now has a category of jokes devoted to them.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 3, 2021
— Akash Banerjee (@TheDeshBhakt) January 4, 2021