Allahabad HC rejects the anticipatory bail plea of Aparna Purohit. Says western filmmakers have refrained from ridiculing Lord Jesus or the Prophet but hindi filmmakers have done this repeatedly and still doing this most unabashedly with the Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

Allahabad HC: This Court further takes notice of the fact that a number of movies have been produced which have used the name of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and shown them in a disrespectful manner (Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Satyam Shivam Sundram, P.K., Oh My God, etc.).
Allahabad HC: Not only this, efforts have been made to subvert the image of historical and mythological personalities (Padmavati). Names and icons of faith of majority community have been used to earn money (Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela).
Allahabad HC: This tendency on the part of the hindi film industry is growing and if not curbed in time, it may have disastrous consequences for the Indian social, religious and communal order.
Allahabad HC: There appears to be a design behind such acts on the part of the people who just give a disclaimer in all the films and depict things in the movies which are really religiously, socially and communally offensive in nature.
HC says "Puruhoit had not been vigilant&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& thus her fundamental right of life and liberty cannot be protected..."
HC: Things are worsening as is evident from the fact that an obscure stand-up comedian, Munawar Faruqui, from Gujarat made comments on Hindu God and Godesses in a new year show at Indore and gained undue publicity on being arrested in a case.
HC: This shows that from films this trend has passed to comedy shows. Such people make the revered figures of religion of majority community source of earning.
HC says the case against Aparna Purohoit under sections 295-A, 153-A(b), 505(1)(b) and 505(2) IPC has fully made out.
HC: Aparna Purohit was granted interim protection from
arrest by the order dated 11.02.2021 by a co-ordinate Bench, but she was not co-operating with the investigation. On 22.02.2021, this Court has directed her to appear before the Investigating Officer of police station...
...concerned on 23.02.2021. This conduct of the applicant shows that she has scant respect for the law of the land and her conduct further disentitles her to any relief from this Court, since co-operation with investigation is a necessary condition for grant of anticipatory bail.
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