'Terribly unusual': Twitterati react to late-night call from SC judge that ensured Munawar Faruqui's release

Indore: Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui walked out of Indore central jail late on Saturday night after a call from the Supreme Court judge as jail authorities refused to release him, citing a warrant issued by a court in Prayagraj.

An official of the Indore central jail, had said that a court in Prayagraj had ordered Faruqui's production in a similar case on February. Citing the jail manual, he said that an order from the Prayagraj court or a competent government officer, was needed to release him.

According to PTI, an official of the jail said that Faruqui was released from the jail after the prison authorities received the order of the Supreme Court.

Reports suggested that he was released after a call by a senior judicial officer. Sources said that he was released after a late-night phone call from a top judge.

Many on Twitter slammed the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh and jail authorities after it delayed the release of the young comedian.

Here are some tweets:

Speaking to NDTV after his release, Faruqui said he has full faith in judiciary and does want to comment on anything else.

Rajesh Bangde, Superintendent of Indore Central Jail, told the Indian Express that a Supreme Court judge called up the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Indore and asked him to check the SC website for the order.

“We had earlier not received the order, however, a judge from the Supreme Court called up the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Indore and asked him to check the website for the uploaded orders and in case it was already uploaded, to comply by it. We checked the site and it was uploaded and hence he was released at 11 pm,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.

Arrested for allegedly hurting religious sentimentson the complaint of a BJP MLA's son, Faruqui was in Indore jail since January 1. His bail plea was rejected by local court as well as the Madhya Paradesh High Court.

He was finally granted interim bail by the Supreme Court which stayed the Madhya Pradesh High Court order of January 28. The Apex court also stayed the production warrant issued against Faruqui by a court in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj in connection with an FIR lodged there last year.

A video shared by local reporters showed that the comedian walked out of the jail silently and quietly.

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