Hyderabad, Jan 19: A city court Saturday granted bail to Hindu religious leader Swami Kamlananda Bharati in a hate speech case.
Nampally Criminal Court granted conditional bail to Bharati. He was directed to furnish two personal bonds and not leave Hyderabad without the court’s permission. The court also asked him to cooperate with police in the investigations.
Cases at three police stations in Hyderabad were lodged against Bharati for making a hate speech at a public rally here Jan 9.
The rally was organised by various Hindu groups to condemn Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi’s hate speech Dec 24 in Nirmal town of Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh.
Bharati, president of Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi, a committee fighting for protection of temples, was charged with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.
He was arrested Monday in Srisailam and brought to Hyderabad. He was sent to judicial custody for 14 days. Police questioned him for two days.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the case, had Friday collected Swami’s voice samples and submitted it to the court.