A district and sessions court in Bidar has granted anticipatory bail to five management representatives of Shaheen Primary School stating that the play staged by a school in Bidar, Karnataka, against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act has “not caused any disharmony in the society.”
In the case of sedition, the court said that they lacked material for such a case.
In the anticipatory bail orders passed on March 3, the court held that “ingredients of Section 124A of IPC (sedition) are not prima facie made out’’.
District Judge Managoli Premavathi observed, “What the children have expressed is that they will have to leave the country if they do not produce documents; except that, there is nothing to show that they have committed the offence of sedition.”
The court granted anticipatory bail to Abdul Qadeer, 60, president of Shaheen Group of Institutions; school headmaster Allauddin, 40; and three members of the school management committee with a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh each.
Mohammed Yousuf Rahim, a local journalist who broadcast the play on his social media account, was also granted anticipatory bail.
For the unversed, the case was registered on January 26 on a complaint from Neelesh Rakshyal, a local activist, who had watched the play on Rahim’s account.