The Supreme Court will right this moment hear petitions filed by actor Zeeshan Ayyub, Amazon Prime (India) inventive head and the makers of the web series ‘Tandav’, searching for safety from arrest within the seven FIRs registered in opposition to them over allegations of injuring spiritual sentiments and telecasting objectionable content material.
A bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, will take up three petitions, filed individually by Ayyub, Amazon Prime inventive head Aparna Purohit and one other one moved collectively by the producer and director of the Over The Top (OTT) sequence. Other judges on the bench embody justices R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah.
The petitions are prone to be argued by a crew of senior advocates led by veteran lawyer Fali S Nariman.
The petitions have requested the highest court docket to membership all of the seven FIRs and switch them to a court docket in Mumbai. Out of seven FIRs, three FIRs are pending in Uttar Pradesh at Lucknow, Greater Noida and Shahjahanpur – for the alleged inappropriate depiction of UP Police personnel, deities, and opposed portrayal of a personality enjoying the function of prime minister within the present.
Two FIRs have been registered in Madhya Pradesh whereas one FIR every was lodged in Karnataka and Bihar. Apart from the FIRs, at the very least three different prison complaints are pending in Maharashtra, Delhi and Chandigarh respectively.
The petitions arising for listening to right this moment have maintained that it will trigger extreme harassment to these related to ‘Tandav’ to face prosecution in varied states and that it will be simply and truthful to membership all of the circumstances at one place, ideally in Mumbai which is the odd place of residence for the petitioners.
Seeking safety from arrest until all of the FIRs are clubbed and despatched to 1 court docket, the petitions have added that the apex court docket ought to keep all of the coercive motion in opposition to them in the meanwhile.
Earlier, the Bombay excessive court docket had granted a transit pre-arrest bail to sequence director Ali Abbas Zafar, producer Himanshu Mehra,author Gaurav Solanki, and Purohit in opposition to whom a case was registered in Lucknow for allegedly hurting spiritual sentiments via the net sequence.
‘Tandav’, a nine-episode political thriller starring Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Ayyub, began streaming not too long ago.
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