Ram Rahim case: Ali Asgar secures anticipatory bail

Actor-comedian Ali Asgar has secured anticipatory bail from the Bombay High Court in a case against him for mimicking self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh filed in Haryana.

Justice Ajey Gadkari granted interim relief to Ali for a week on a solvent surety of Rs 25,000 after his lawyers stated that the actor would approach the appropriate Haryana court to seek regular bail.

A case under Section 295-A (act intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered with the Civil Lines police station in Haryana’s Kaithal district against Ali and seven others on January 1.

Kaithal resident and a follower of Ram Rahim, Dalsher Singh filed the FIR against the eight actors for spoofing the Dera Sacha Sauda chief in a television programme 'Jashn-e-Ummed' aired on December 27 last year.

Ali, who plays the role of 'Dadi' in Kapil Sharma's popular show 'Comedy Nights with Kapil', approached the High Court after his colleague Kiku Sharda was arrested on January 13 by the Punjab and Haryana police. He was later granted bail. Besides Ali and Kiku, the other actors named in the FIR include Gaurav Gera, Rajeev Thakur, Pooja Bannerjee, Mouni Roy, Gautam Gulati and Sana Khan “and all known and unknown persons who make or act in that show for portraying their leader in bad light.”

As per the FIR, the actors were shown dressed as “his holiness and dancing, consuming liquor and seeking donation.”

"No donation is accepted by the Guru and the organization is strictly against liquor consumption," the FIR said.