Tandav row: Allahabad HC rejects anticipatory bail plea of senior Amazon Prime govt

Allahabad: The Allahabad Excessive Court docket on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by the top of Amazon Prime Video’s India Originals Aparna Purohit, who has been accused of an inappropriate depiction of Uttar Pradesh police personnel, Hindu deities and an opposed portrayal of a personality taking part in the prime minister within the net collection “Tandav“.

Whereas rejecting the appliance, a single-judge bench of Justice Sidharth stated that the applicant was earlier granted interim safety from arrest by one other bench in an analogous case however she was not cooperating with the investigation.

The courtroom noticed, “Western filmmakers have avoided ridiculing Lord Jesus or the Prophet however Hindi filmmakers have achieved this repeatedly and are nonetheless doing this most unabashedly with Hindu gods and goddesses.”

This Court docket additional takes discover of the truth that plenty of motion pictures have been produced which have used the identify of Hindu gods and goddesses and proven them in a disrespectful method like in Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Satyam Shivam Sundram, P.Okay., Oh My God, and many others. Not solely this, efforts have been made to subvert the picture of historic and mythological personalities as in Padmavati. The names and icons of religion of the bulk group have been used to earn cash (Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela).”

“This tendency on the a part of the Hindi movie trade is rising and if not curbed in time, it could have disastrous penalties for the Indian social, spiritual and communal order,’ the courtroom noticed.

The petitioner’s plea was that the online collection was a piece of fiction. There was no intention of the applicant to outrage the spiritual feeling of any group.

The courtroom noticed, “The actual fact stays that the applicant had not been vigilant and has acted irresponsibly making her open to legal prosecution in allowing streaming of a film which is in opposition to the basic rights of nearly all of residents of this nation. Due to this fact, her elementary proper of life and liberty can’t be protected by grant of anticipatory bail to her within the train of discretionary powers of this Court docket,” the courtroom additional stated.

‘It has come to the discover of this Court docket that the applicant has filed one other anticipatory bail utility earlier than this Court docket with regard to a different such FIR lodged at PS Hazratganj, Lucknow. She was granted interim safety from arrest by the order dated 11.02.2021 by a co-ordinate Bench, however she was not cooperating with the investigation,’ the courtroom stated.

It’s to be recalled that on January 19, 2021, an FIR was lodged on the criticism of 1 Balbir Azad of Raunija village below Rabupura police station of Higher Noida. Within the criticism, Azad alleged that the present depicted Uttar Pradesh and its police in a poor gentle. The criticism additional alleged that the online collection had intentionally denigrated Hindu gods and goddesses.

The counsel showing on behalf of Uttar Pradesh has vehemently opposed the appliance saying {that a} whole of 10 FIRs and 4 legal complaints have been filed regarding the disputed net collection throughout the nation.

He has submitted that the aforesaid circumstances lodged in opposition to the candidates present that merely one particular person just isn’t affected by the conduct of the applicant and different co-accused individuals, slightly plenty of individuals throughout the nation have felt that the online collection is offensive and therefore, they’ve lodged FIRs and complaints.

In consequence, the applicant just isn’t required to be granted any latitude from this courtroom, the counsel added.

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