Haryana Court grants bail to Rambhagat Gopal

By-Pragya Ajay Singh

The Haryana Court granted bail to Rambhagat Gopal who is accused of hate speech against Muslims, has ordered that Gopal should not organise, attend or address any public gathering which is likely to promote disharmony between religious communities [Bhagat Gopal v. State of Haryana]

Additional Session Judge Dr DN Bharadwaj granted bail to the accused named Gopal who was arrested for delivering inflammatory and communal speeches at a Mahapanchayat in Haryana, and the bench subjected to certain conditions including that he shall not organize or attend or address any public gathering which is prejudicial to the maintenance of religious harmony.

He was charged for the offences under section 153A (promoting enmity between religions) and 295 A (hurting religious sentiments) of the Indian Penal Code 1860 after the video of his speech goes viral which he delivered in the event.

Earlier the judicial Magistrate Mohammad Sageer had rejected the bail and held that people who give such communally charged speeches and create disharmony are more harmful to the country than the COVID-19 pandemic and then the accused moved to the session court seeking bail.

The counsel of Gopal submitted that the accused was falsely implicated by the police based on incomplete information and he is only 19 years of age and has been in custody since 17th July The Public Prosecutor opposed the bail and highlighted that the content of his speech could lead to riots and law and order situation and said that his speech promoted the frictions between the communities of India and outrages the religious sentiments of the particular community and the video went viral on social media and the words of the speech contains the incitement for the religious sentiments.