The Supreme Court, on January 27, denied interim protection from arrest to the makers and actors of the Tandav web series and Aparna Purohit - the head of Amazon Prime India – for hurting religious sentiments.
A Bar and Bench report quoted the SC Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, RS Reddy, and MR Shah as saying: “Your Right to Freedom of Speech is not absolute. You cannot play the role of character that hurts the sentiments of a community.”
The Supreme Court was hearing petitions that sought directions to quash the criminal charges filed against Tandav director Ali Abbas Zafar in various states for hurting Hindu sentiments.
FIRs have been lodged against the Amazon Prime India political drama in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. Apart from Zafar, Purohit, Tandav producer Himanshu Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki, and actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub have also been named in the FIRs.