Sedition case of the Shaheen school in Karnataka: bond granted to the student's mother, teacher

BIDAR: A Bidar court in Karnataka on Friday granted bail to the mother and teacher of a student in the case of sedition who was slapped for allegedly getting a class IV student group to enact a play with a theme and an anti-CAA law (Citizens Amendment Act) communal insults on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The district director and the session judge granted bail to Najbunnisa and Fareeda Begum. Najbunnisa is the mother of a girl who allegedly pronounced an anti-Modi insult in her dialogue during a play on January 21 at school. The girl is studying in the sixth standard and was transferred to the school shelter at CWC (Child Welfare Committee). Fareeda Banu is the principal of Urdu Elementary School.

The judge heard the bail request on February 11 and lawyer BT Venkatesh appeared for the defendant along with a team of 11 lawyers. On Tuesday, the judge reserved the decision on February 14.

However, the application for early bail for the five members of Shaheen School's management will be filed on February 17.

The FIR was based on a complaint received by the Bidar police station of a Neelesh Rakshyala last Sunday, five days after the performance at Shaheen School. A Facebook video, which supposedly shows the play and the reactions of the audience, including a girl who shouts a supposedly anti-Modi slogan, has been cited as proof that the performance was used to generate anti-national feelings.

According to the plaintiff, the children of class IV who acted in the work allegedly had conversations with dialogues that were anti-national in nature. The slogans addressed to Prime Minister Modi were also heard during the scheduled presentation, he said.

The police had reserved the school administration for provocation, sedition and promotion of enmity under sections 504, 505 (2), 124 (A) and 153 (A) of the IPC.