Tandav case: SC grants interim safety from arrest to Amazon Prime India head Aparna Purohit

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The Supreme Court, which favoured “screening” of content material aired on over-the-top (OTT) media platforms on Thursday, granted interim safety from arrest to Amazon Prime Video’s India head Aparna Purohit within the FIR registered by the Uttar Pradesh police over alleged hurting of non secular sentiments by the online collection ‘Tandav’ on Friday.

During the listening to, a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy noticed that the safety from arrest might be topic to the petitioner cooperating with the investigation and showing earlier than the police as and when summoned, based on Live Law.

The prime courtroom additionally issued discover to the Uttar Pradesh authorities on Purohit’s plea for an anticipatory bail within the case and requested Purohit to co-operate within the ongoing investigation.

The bench additionally stated that the Centre’s laws on social media are mere pointers and that doesn’t have provision for motion in opposition to digital platforms. “Law has to be framed to put in place a mechanism to control OTT platforms instead of mere guidelines. The new guidelines of the government on regulating OTT platforms like Netflix & Amazon Prime Vidoe has ‘no teeth’ as there is no provision of prosecution,” the bench stated.

On Thursday, the apex courtroom had requested the Centre to provide the recently-notified pointers for such providers.

“Traditional film viewing has become obsolete. People watching films on these platforms has become common. Should there not be some screening? We feel there should be some screening… At times they are showing pornography too,” Justice Ashok Bhushan had noticed. The courtroom was listening to a plea by Purohit difficult the Allahabad High Court order denying her anticipatory bail in reference to FIRs lodged over the Tandav internet collection.

The Allahabad High Court had on February 25 rejected Purohit’s plea stating that “the fact remains that the applicant had not been vigilant and has acted irresponsibly making her open to criminal prosecution in permitting streaming of a movie which is against the fundamental rights of the majority of citizens of this country and therefore, her fundamental right of life and liberty cannot be protected by grant of anticipatory bail to her in the exercise of discretionary powers of this court”.

“The irresponsible conduct against the inherent mandate of the Constitution of India by anyone affecting the fundamental rights of the large number of citizens cannot be acquiesced to only because of the tendering of unconditional apology after committing the alleged act of crime and indiscretion,” stated the order. It stated the reference to the disclaimer concerning the present being fictional “cannot be considered to be a ground for absolving the applicant of permitting the streaming of an objectionable movie online”.

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