Magazine editor and photographer accused of publishing ‘distorted’ image of goddess Durga granted provisional protection by Gauhati High Court

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The High Court of Gauhati last week granted provisional bail to ‘Nandini ‘ editor-in-chief of the magazine, Maini Mahanta and his photographer, Unique borah who have been accused of having published a symbolic image of the goddess Durga in a distorted form.

The FIR in this case had been filed by Mr. Kailash, chairman, and Apan Choudhury, secretary general of the district youth committee of Pragjyotishpur Aikya Sangha Hojai accusing Mahanta and Borah of hurting the feelings of Hindus.

However, as the case diary was not produced in Court, the Court requested the case diary by ordering the investigator to produce it, only if the case was recorded in the court. matter and that an investigation is conducted into it.

The investigator has also been tasked with informing the Court, in the event that the case log is not provided, whether a case has been registered on the basis of the aforementioned FIR.

In view of this, after examining the elements available before the Court, subject to a final decision on the examination of the elements of the journal of the case, the Chamber of Judge Hitesh Kumar Sarma granted provisional bail before arrest until the next set date.

Finally, setting the case for a new hearing on November 11, 2021, the Court ordered, while granting the applicants, provisional protection in the event of arrest:

In the meantime, it is expected that the applicants, if arrested in connection with the above-mentioned case, will be released on delivery of a bond of 10,000 rupees / -, each with an appropriate bond each of the same amount. , to the satisfaction of the arresting authority.

Case title – Maini Mahanta and Anr v. Assam State

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