Karnataka court grants bail to Dalit activist who was arrested for insulting Hindu gods

Chikkodi(Karnataka): A Belgaum court has granted bail to Harohalli Ravindra, a Dalit activist, who was arrested by the Chikkodi police for doing a social media post that allegedly insulted Hindu gods in 2017.

An FIR was registered against Ravindra by Chandra Shekhar Bapu Munde, a contractor, for hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindus. Based on the report, a case was booked under IPC 295 (Injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class). The maximum punishment provided under the code is two years imprisonment and a fine.

The local court issued a non-bailable warrant in this case. For five years, investigators had been filing charge sheets, identifying the accused as absconding. But he has now been traced in Mysuru and held, a police officer said. Officers maintain that the accused was sent a notice in 2019, but he had not attended the court till now. 

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