BREAKING - SC refused to give interim bail to 'Tandav' team.
"You Cannot Hurt Religious Sentiments":Supreme Court Refuses Interim Protection To Makers Of Tandav
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant interim protection from arrest to the director, producer, writer and actor of web series 'Tandav' who were facing multiple cases of allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus in six states.
"We cannot use the power under Section 482 CrPC. We are not inclined to grant interim protection," the Bench said. The bench also said that it was rejecting the prayer for quashing of the FIRs.
It however clarified that the pendency of the petition in the Supreme Court will not prejudice the right of petitioners to seek appropriate remedies from concerned courts for bail or quashing of FIRs.
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Bench rejects the prayer for granting of interim protection from arrest.
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Advocate Siddharth Agarwal appearing for Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, the actor who mocked Lord Shiva in the series, said that the actor could not be blamed for the script’s content. To which the court noted that the actor had read the script and accepted it. Justice MR Shah said, “You cannot play a role hurting religious sentiments of others.” During the hearing, Justice Ashok Bhushan remarked that freedom of speech was not absolute.
The judges said that they cannot use the power under section 482 CrPC in this case and they are not inclined to grant interim protection. They also rejected the plea to quash the FIRs against the concerned parties. Senior advocates Fali Nariman and Mukul Rohatgi were presenting Amazon India’s creative head Aparna Purohit, Sr Adv Siddarth Luthra was representing producer Himanshu Mehra, director Ali Abbas Zafar and writer Gaurav Solanki. Sr Adv Siddharth Agarwal was representing actor Md Zeeshan Ayyub.