SC granted interim protection from arrest of Aparna Purohit, head of Amazon Prime India
Hearing the matter, the SC said that the Centre's guidelines on regulation of social media do not have any provision to take appropriate action against digital platforms showing inappropriate content.
The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim protection from arrest of India head of Amazon Prime Video Aparna Purohit in an FIR registered on the web series 'Tandav'.Along with this, a division bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and RS Reddy also issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government for anticipatory bail in the FIR on the Tandava chain of Purohit.The apex court said that the Centre's guidelines on the regulation of social media do not have any provision to take appropriate action against digital platforms showing inappropriate content.
It is seen that Centre's rules on social media are only guidelines and there is no provision for any action against digital platforms.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Center, said that the government would consider appropriate steps and any regulation or legislation would be placed before the court.
The court also directed Purohit to make the center as a celebration for his petition.Purohit has been accused of inappropriate portrayal of Uttar Pradesh police personnel, adverse depictions of Hindu gods and personalities playing the role of Prime Minister within the web series.
Earlier, the apex court, on 27 January, refused to give interim protection to Ali Abbas Zafar from any aggressive action, along with the online series director Ali Abbas Zafar, the show's writer Gaurav Solanki and actor Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub.It had said that they would seek bail from the respective courts within the FIR lodged in the context of the online series.
A single-judge bench of the Supreme Court said that the priests were not "cautious" and irresponsibly prosecuted their hospitality in allowing streaming of a film, which is against the wholesale rights of the citizens of this country and this As such, his right to life and freedom cannot be protected by granting him anticipatory bail within the exercise of the discretionary powers of this court. "
The apex court rejected the petition, stating that the applicant had earlier been granted interim protection from arrest by another bench during a similar case, but she was not cooperating in the investigation.The apex court observed, "Western filmmakers have avoided ridiculing Lord Jesus or the Prophet, but Hindi filmmakers have done this repeatedly and are still doing the most incest with Hindu deities." . "
The apex court said, "This trend is growing in one part of the Hindi film industry and if it is not curbed in time, it will have disastrous consequences for the Indian social, religious and communal system."An FIR was filed on the complaint of 1 Balbir Azad of Runija village under Rabupura Police Headquarters, Greater Noida on 2021, the birthday of Robert E. Lee.
The complaint further states that the online series intentionally maligned Hindu deities.Several other FIRs have also been reported in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Bihar and Delhi.
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