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No coercive action against Farah, Raveena: High court tells Punjab Cases Of ‘Hurt Religious Sentiments’

January 24, 2020 07:05 AM

COURTESY TIMES OF INDIA JAN 24

No coercive action against Farah, Raveena: High court tells Punjab
Cases Of ‘Hurt Religious Sentiments’
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Chandigarh:

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday restrained the Punjab government from taking any coercive action against director-choreographer Farah Khan and Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon in a case related to hurting religious sentiments.


The HC has also issued notice to the Punjab government and the complainant in the case seeking their replies by March 25 on the petition filed by both the celebrities.

Justice Ashok Kumar Verma of the HC passed these orders while hearing a petition filed by Farah and Raveena seeking directions to quash the case registered against them.

The counsel for the petitioners contended that from the contents of the FIR, none of the ingredients pertaining to offence under Section 295-A of the IPC are made out. The allegations are vague and general in nature with the ulterior motive to fasten the criminal liability on the petitioners. The petitioners’ statements cannot be perceived to be disrespectful or hurtful to the sentiments of the Christian brothers or do not remotely qualify to constitute the offence under Section 295-A of the IPC, the counsel argued.

It was further contended that the FIR has been concocted on non-existent facts.

On December 25,2019, they were booked by Ajnala police under Section 295-A of the IPC for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. They had allegedly made some comments about the Bible. The FIR was registered on the complaint filed by Sona Masih alias Sonu Jaffar. Accordign to the complaint, the show aired on the eve of Christmas, where the celebrities allegedly made fun of the word “Hallelujah.”

When their plea seeking quashing of FIR came up for hearing before the HC on Thursday, their counsel submitted that Farah and Raveena were producer/ anchor and guest/ participant of a show telecast on a digital platform. The counsel for the celebrities, advocate Abhinav Sood argued that the so-called incident arises from an unintentional conversation during the quizzing of two participants by the host at Mumbai on November 30, 2019.

“The show was not being telecast for discussing anything about Christian or Christianity. It was a show for entertaining people and it was a non-fiction quiz show. In this situation, no ill-intention on the part of the applicant can be attributed by any stretch of imagination,” counsel has submitted. The matter would now come up for hearing on March 25

 
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