The Madhya Pradesh High Court refused to quash a First Information Report registered against Ekta Kapoor with regards to her web series XXX: Season 2. The producer had been booked for obscenity and hurting religious sentiments over a controversial scene involving a character of an Armyman and the Army uniform. However, in a partial relief, the court observed that the charge of hurting religious sentiments was not found to have been breached.
As per PTI, a single bench of the Indore High Court passed a 65-page order in the case on Wednesday.
Ekta Kapoor had been booked under IPC sections 294 (obscenity), 298 (hurting religious feelings), and also relevant provisions of the IT Act and the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act of the Indian Penal Code.
"After due consideration in view of the aforesaid discussions, it appears that facts of the case are not such that this court may exercise its extraordinary powers under Section 482 of CrPC for quashing the FIR at least in respect of Section 67, 67-A of IT Act and Section 294 of IPC," Justice Shailendra Shukla observed.
Giving partial relief to the producer, the judge also stated, "Although, it would be fair enough to state that provision of Section 298 of the IPC and the provision of the State Emblem Act are not found to have been breached.”
The FIR had been lodged on the complaint filed by Indore-based Valmik Sakaragaye and Neeraj Yagnik at the Annapurna police station in Indore.
The scene in question involved a woman, who played the character of an Armyman’s wife, performing a sexual act with another man, who was seen wearing the soldier’s uniform. Apart from the above FIR, numerous other complaints were also registered, one by former Bigg Boss fame Hindustani Bhau and by a martyrs association.
@ektarkapoor की बढ़ सकती है मुश्किलें..गुरुग्राम में Martyrs Family Welfare Foundation ने #xxx2 वेब सीरीज के खिलाफ पालम विहार थाने में दी शिकायत । सैनिकों के परिवार के सम्मान को ठेस पहुँचाने का है आरोप ।#EktaKapoor @gurgaonpolice @anilvijminister pic.twitter.com/NUND0TCE8z— Raj Verma (@RajKVerma4) June 4, 2020
Ekta was heavily trolled for the controversy as well. Several celebrities had come out in her support as she later issued an apology.
(With inputs from PTI)
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