Amazon Prime’s India Head Granted Anticipatory Bail By Allahabad HC In Tandav Web Series Case
Lucknow, March 29 (TNA) In big relief to Amazon Prime's India head, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to Aparna Purohit in Tandav web series case. The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has allowed Purohit's anticipatory bail application while hearing was being held in the case of FIR registered in Lucknow regarding Tandav web series.
In this case, Lucknow Police had registered an FIR under sections 153A, 295, 505(1)(b), 505(2) and 469 of the IPC and sections 66,66F and 67 of the Information Technology Act 2008. The prosecution had alleged that Purohit has the rights to the web series Tandav. The actors in this series have portrayed God in a derogatory manner and have been shown and said derogatory things about him. This has hurt the sentiments of Hindus.
The counsel for the applicant submitted that Purohit had no intention of hurting the religious sentiments of the people, and also had no criminal history. There is no chance of Aparna running away from justice and hence is entitled to bail.
After hearing the arguments of the lawyers of both the sides, the division bench of Justice Krishna Pahal granted anticipatory bail to the accused on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties.
Along with this, the court also directed Purohit to cooperate in the investigation and not to leave the country without the permission of the court.
Earlier on February 25, 2021, the Allahabad High Court had rejected the anticipatory bail application of Aparna Purohit regarding this matter. While hearing this case, the High Court had said that Hindu deities cannot be insulted in the name of expression.