Delhi University professor Ratan Lal, who was arrested over a social media post on Gyanvapi Mosque, has been granted bail by a Delhi court on Saturday. As per reports, the professor can walk out on bail after furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000.
A complaint was filed against DU professor Ratan Lal by Supreme Court lawyer Vineet Jindal in Delhi Police for hurting religious sentiments. According to the police, the professor had made derogatory tweets about the Shivling found inside Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque complex.
Lal was produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Siddhartha Malik at Tis Hazari court on Saturday, May 21. He was arrested by north Delhi’s Cyber Police Station and was accused of promoting enmity between two communities on grounds of religion and committing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony.
The professor’s lawyer said that the offences are bailable and the police did not serve any notice to him or give him a chance to reply to the complaint. Therefore, he is not a criminal and will not run away.
The counsel for the Delhi Police said that the tweet was not expected from an educated person like him. Defending Lal, his counsel argued that his arrest is an abuse of law and demanded a departmental enquiry against the police for arresting him without any notice.
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Professor Ratan Lala was booked under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295A (deliberate act to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) under the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police has filed an application seeking 14-day judicial custody of Ratan Lal to probe the case.
The Shivling-like structure was discovered during the video survey inside the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. The Hindu side claimed that a 12 feet 8-inch Shivling was found after the water inside a pond facing Nandi was pumped out.