A local court here on Saturday granted conditional bail to the Hindu religious leader Swami Kamalananda Bharathi, who was arrested earlier for his alleged hate speech. The swami was later released from the Cherlapally central jail in the evening.
The XIV Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, in its order, directed Swami not to leave Hyderabad and he should be available to investigating officers. It also asked him to furnish two sureties of Rs.10,000 each.
Bharathi was arrested in Kurnool district on January 14 and sent to judicial custody till January 27. He was later remanded to two days police custody on January 16 by the court. While granting bail, the Nampally court directed him to produce two sureties of Rs 50,000 each.
A case was registered against Bharathi under section 153 of IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) on January 10 in Mirchowk police station in the city here.
The case was registered following a complaint by one Rehman that while addressing a meeting on January 9 the Swami used inflammatory and objectionable words hurting the religious sentiments of a community, while condemning the speech of MIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi, who was recently arrested for his alleged provocative speeches against a particular community.
In a separate development, officials of National Investigation Authority (NIA) produced Tejaram, an accused in Mecca Masjid blast after completion of 19 days police custody on Friday evening. Tejaram hailing from Madhya Pradesh is accused of planting a bomb in the mosque in 2007 along with his associate Rajendra Choudhary. – With PTI inputs