In a strongly worded verdict on the bail petition plea by Aprarna Purohit, the head of creative content for Amazon in India, in the web series Tandav case, the Allahabad High Court has admonished the makers for the growing culture of using religious figures and sentiments as source of earning money.
Aparna Purohit has filed an anticipatory bail petition over the FIR registered by UP police against the makers of web series Tandav. She has been accused of hurting religious sentiments by pushing anti-Hindu content and scenes mocking Hindu gods in the web series.
Making strong observations while rejecting Purohit’s anticipatory bail plea, Justice Siddharth said in a 20-page order, “Such People Make The Revered Figures Of Religion Of Majority Community Source Of Earning Money”. The judge further mentioned, “Whenever such crimes are committed by some citizens of the country, like the applicant and her co-accused persons, and it is made the subject matter of demonstration and public protest, the forces inimical to the interest of this country become active and they make it an issue and raise it before different national and international forums alleging that the Indian citizens have become intolerant and ‘India’ has become an unsafe place to live.”
Earlier last month, the Supreme Court bench, comprising of justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy, and M R Shah had also refused to grant any interim protection to the makers and actors of Tandav against FIRs filed in six different states. While delivering its verdict, the apex court had then stated that the makers have no liberty to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments. It had, however, permitted them to seek bail from concerned courts in the states where FIRs have been filed. Now with the bail petition getting rejected at Allahabad, the makers of Tandav including the actors are in deep trouble as they face the threat of getting arrested in future.