The Supreme Court refused to provide interim protection to the makers of Tandav, including Director, Producer, Writer and Actor Zeeshan Ayyub on the ground that they allegedly hurt religious sentiments.
Supreme Court didn’t pass any verdict which could grant them protection from the Police arrest.
It is pertinent to note that, there is an apprehension of Arrest from six states.
We cannot use the power under Section 482 CrPC. We are not inclined to grant interim protection
The crew members of Tandav sought to get their several criminal proceedings against them at various places get clubbed.
The bench issued a notice to the plea for the clubbing and transferring; of the several criminal proceedings initiated against the petitioners across various cities.
The apex court opined to not use their power under Section 482 of CrPC. Thus rejected their prayer to quash the FIRs filed against them.
However, the court clarified that the pendency of the petition in the Supreme Court would not; under any circumstance, detriment their right to approach concerned courts and avail remedies of bail or quashing of FIRs.
The counsel (Petitioner) stated that as interim protection was provided in Arnab Goswami and Amish Devgan’s case; the same could be reinstated in their case.
In furtherance to this, they submitted that denial of interim protection would create turmoil.
Reason being that the petitioners would have to approach different districts of different states to seek bail.
However, the bench repudiated for the same and hinted on the point that;
No content creator has the liberty to hurt the religious sentiments.