Allahabad High Court, on Thursday, has rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by Aparna Purohit, head of India Originals, Amazon Prime Video. An FIR was filed in Lucknow by the UP Police on January 18th this year, against the makers of the web series ‘Tandav’ which had hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindu community. The FIR names the director Ali Abbas Zafar, writer Gaurav Solanki, Amazon Prime’s India head of original content Aparna Purohit and Tandav’s producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra.
Rejecting the bail plea, the single judge bench comprising Justice Siddhartha observed that:
“Such people make the revered figures of the religion of majority community a source of earning money in the most brazen manner, taking benefit of the liberal and tolerant tradition of the country”.
It is to be noted that the series ‘Tandav’ which premiered on Amazon Prime on January 15th, contains several derogatory references to Hindu Gods like Lord Shiva, many inflammatory scenes with casteist dialogues, and shows the UP Police in a very unflattering light. The series has caused widespread anger for fanning religious tensions.
The popular twitter handle “Gems of Bollywood” was one of the first to review the Hinduphobic content featured in the series, which sparked a wave of anger amongst Hindus worldwide.
The non-cooperation of Ms Purohit in the legal proceedings and investigation after being granted an interim protection from arrest by the order dated February 11, 2021 was also a factor in her bail plea being rejected. The judge remarked that “This conduct of the applicant shows that she has scant respect for the law of the land and her conduct further disentitles her to any relief from this court, since co-operation with investigation is a necessary condition for grant of anticipatory bail.”
Last modified: February 28, 2021