On Thursday, the Allahabad High Court at Lucknow has granted interim protection to Arpana Purohit, Commercial Head of Amazon Prime Video, which has purchased the rights of web series “Taandav”.
In the F.I.R. it has been stated that the contents of the said web series reveal commission of offences under Sections 66, 66-F and 67 IT Act, 2008 (as amended) apart from Sections 153-A, 295, 505 (1) (b), 505 (2), 469 IPC.
On behalf of the Applicant, it was submitted that all the offences as per IPC as well as the offences under Section 66, 66-F and 67 of Information Technology Act carry a maximum sentence of three years. It is further submitted that a perusal of the first information report does not indicate commission of any offence under Section 66-F of the Information Technology Act and further it was submitted that similar case being Criminal Misc. Anticipatory Bail Application under Section 438 Cr.P.C. No.2640 of 2021 has engaged the attention of this Court at Allahabad wherein interim protection has been granted to the applicant vide its order dated 4.2.2021.
Opposing the said submissions Sri Vinod Shahi, Additional Advocate General has submitted that the visual and wordings used by certain actors in the said web series contain certain scene portraying ‘God’ in a very derogatory manner for which the said F.I.R. has been lodged. He further submits that the public opinion after watching the web series was so provocative which persuaded the State for lodging the said first information report and considering the nature of the allegations and severity thereof the applicant is not entitled to grant of anticipatory bail.
Hon’ble Justice Alok Mathur considering the rival submissions of the parties as well as nature of the allegations levelled and also considering the fact that similar matter had engaged the attention of the Court at Allahabad wherein by means of the order dated 4.2.2021 interim protection has been granted, it has been provided that till the next date of listing no coercive action shall be taken against the applicant.
The case is next listed on 22.02.2021
Case No.: CRIMINAL MISC ANTICIPATORY BAIL APPLICATION U/S
438 CR.P.C. No. – 1794 of 2021
Coram: Hon’ble Justice Alok Mathur
Title: Aparna Purohit vs State Of U.P. & Another
Counsel for Applicant :- Purnendu Chakravarty,Anuuj Taandon, Shivanshu Goswami
Counsel for Opposite Party :- G.A.