AIB roast: Mumbai cops to study role of every person involved in show

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 14, 2015 19:15 IST

The Mumbai police plan to ascertain the role of each individual, who was either part of the organising committee of the All India Bak**** (AIB) roast, or had participated in the show.

It will also ascertain the role of National Sports Club of India (NSCI) officials for giving the venue out for hosting the show on January 20. The programme was held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel indoor stadium.

Mumbai police, after a court order, had registered an FIR at Tardeo police station, which named Bollywood celebrities such as Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt.

S Jayakumar, deputy commissioner of police (zone 3), said, “We will have to study the role of every person who was directly or indirectly involved. Further action will depend on what we find.”

The FIR was registered even after the group pulled down the controversial YouTube video of the show, tendered a public apology and even made personal visits to religious groups who felt offended by the contents of the video.

The courts’ order came after social activist Santosh Daundkar filed a petition through his advocate Abha Singh before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate CS Baviskar.

According to the complaint, the stadium has been built on land provided by the government on lease to the sports club. It is primarily used for sports, civic body’s functions and children’s events.

In this programme, one after another, Bollywood celebs blurted out pre-scripted, vulgar, pornographic and obscene jokes. Such words were spoken in front women audience in an open defiance to laws that govern our country, stated Daundkar.

“If they had done this only as a live show on the ground, then the issue would not have been so big. But they uploaded it on the Internet, and scores of people watched the video… even a fifth standard student has a smartphone these days,” Daundkar said.

Talking to HT, Daundkar said apart from the Indian Penal Code (IPC), AIB broke several other laws. At a time when everyone is protesting against crimes against women, these actors cannot be so irresponsible, he said.

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