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Allahabad HC grants interim protection from coercive action to Amazon Prime’s content head in the Tandav Controversy [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 9 Feb 2021 6:00pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Allahabad HC grants interim protection from coercive action to Amazon Prime’s content head in the Tandav Controversy [READ ORDER]

The Allahabad High Court on 4th February 2021 while considering an anticipatory bail plea moved by Aparna Purohit, Amazon Prime’s Original Content Head (India) granted her interim protection from coercive action till order was pronounced.

The anticipatory bail plea is related to an FIR filed against the applicant in Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh under sections 153-A (1) (B), 295-A, 505 (1) (B), 505 (2) of IPC which involves charges of promoting enmity between different groups, insult to religion, statement conducive to public mischief etc.

Another FIR was also registered against the applicant along with ‘Tandav’ web-series Director Ali Abbs Jafar, producer Himanshu Mehra, Writer Gaurav Solanki and others at Hazratganj Kotwali in Lucknow for negative depiction of Hindu Gods in the series in January 2021. 

The persons including the applicant named as accused in the former FIR approached the Bombay High Court in January 2021 seeking clubbing of multiple FIR and also quashing the proceedings seeing it as a violation of rights under Article 19(1)(a) of the constitution. By this time multiple FIRs had been registered concerning the contents of the web-series in different parts of the country. In the High Court, the petitioners pleaded by placing reliance on the judgement in TT Antony v. State of Kerala & Ors. which said that there cannot be multiple FIRs on the same ‘substratum of allegations’. 

Significantly during the proceeding in the Bombay High Court, the court observed that ‘You Cannot Hurt Religious Sentiments’. Though the High Court refused to provide interim protection from… Continue Reading...

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