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Rajasthan Court Relief To Filmmaker In FIR Over Web Series “Ashram”

Case was registered agianst Prakash Jha for hurting sentiments of Dalits (File)


The Rajasthan High Court on Monday ordered the police to take “no coercive action” in opposition to Bollywood filmmaker Prakash Jha over an FIR lodged in opposition to him allegedly for hurting Dalit sentiments by the “objectionable” depiction of the neighborhood in his net collection “Ashram”.

A Jodhpur bench of the excessive court docket gave aid to the famous movie director until the subsequent listening to of his plea to quash the FIR lodged in opposition to him in Jodhpur.

A bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Garg additionally issued notices to the complainant and the state authorities in search of their replies to Mr Jha’s plea inside six weeks.

The FIR in opposition to Prakash Jha was lodged on a criticism objecting to a scene within the first episode of the net collection that reveals higher caste folks insulting and humiliating a Dalit neighborhood bridegroom.

Taking exception to the scene, the complainant had mentioned that such a scene has not solely insulted and humiliated the Dalit neighborhood however has additionally sought to encourage such abusive behaviour of the higher caste folks.

In the FIR in opposition to Prakash Jha, stringent costs below the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 have been invoked.


Seeking the court docket’s order for quashing of the FIR, Prakash Jha’s counsel Nishant Bora argued that the police didn’t should invoke the stringent costs below the SC/ST Act because it was not an actual case of anybody insulting anybody however solely the portrayal of a fictional state of affairs.

In the second plea, filed earlier than the Jodhpur’s further district and classes decide, Mr Jha has been accused of wounding Hindu sentiments for allegedly depicting its spiritual saints in a foul mild.

“The saint’s portrayal as a rapist, corrupt and drug dealer has diminished the place saints hold for Hindus”, the complainant argued.

The court docket, nevertheless, has refused to direct the police to file an FIR and issued notices to Prakash Jha and Bobby Deol, in search of their replies to the allegations.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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