INDORE: After 44 days behind bars, an MBA student of Indore and Mumbaiker Edwin Anthony — co-accused in the Munawar Faruqui case — walked out of Indore central jail on Saturday evening, bewildered by the media attention. They seemed unaware of the controversy that has erupted over their arrest. On being told that it was being covered by international media as well, they were surprised and asked, “What are they writing about?”
As with Munawar, their release too was cloaked in suspense as it wasn’t clear if a holiday at the high court registry on Saturday would keep them in prison until Monday. Unlike Munawar, however, they were let out of the main gate.
At 7pm, clad in jeans and jackets, they would have passed for just another pair of youngsters out in the evening, but for the jail compound — and the fact that Anthony was barefoot. As soon as they walked out, half a dozen relatives rushed towards them, and the father of one of the accused clapped his son, tears running down his eyes.
Anthony and the student seemed taken aback by the media presence. Like Munawar, they reposed trust in the judiciary. “That’s what has helped us,” said Anthony.
The duo was granted ad interim bail by Indore bench of high court on Friday. Though the order was uploaded on the HC website, there was apprehension whether their lawyers would be able to get certified copies. The release orders were finally received around 5pm. Jail deputy superintendent LKS Bhadoriya arrived at 6:45 pm and signed the release orders. Now, two co-accused are left in prison — Sadaqat Khan and Nalin Yadav.