Owaisi freed on bail in hate speech case

After 38 days in jail, Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is facing charges of sedition and waging war against the nation for his "hate speech", was released on bail Saturday.

Owaisi was Friday granted bail by two courts in Nirmal and Nizamabad, where cases against him were registered. The court in Adilabad directed that he should not enter Nirmal town, participate in public meetings or incite communal feelings. Similarly, the court in Nizamabad town allowed Owaisi's bail plea on the condition that he cooperate with the probe officer.

The Nirmal court also asked him to surrender his passport and submit two sureties of Rs 25,000 each, the Nizamabad court told him to produce two sureties of Rs 10,000 each for the bail.

Though he was granted bail Friday, Owaisi was not released as some of the formalities were not completed, a prison official said.

Hundreds of MIM workers Saturday gathered outside the prison and raised slogans in favour of Owaisi, who left for Hyderabad soon after.

The police had booked the legislator after he allegedly used inflammatory language against Hinus in his public speeches in December. He also faces charges of sedition and waging war against the nation among others, under relevant sections of the IPC.

Owaisi was arrested from Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on January 8 and was lodged in Adilabad district jail since.

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