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SC cancels criminal proceedings against Malayalam actor Priya Prakash Varrier

No complaint would be entertained against the actress or the filmmakers because of picturisation of th winking song, the Supreme Court said.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2018 14:24 IST
Bhadra Sinha
Bhadra Sinha
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Priya Varrier Prakash. (Photo: Video Grab/IANS)(IANS File Photo)

The Supreme Court has cancelled criminal case against Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier for her winking scene in movie Oru Adaar Love.

No complaint would be entertained against the actress or the filmmakers because of picturisation of this song, the court said. A bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also restrained filing of fresh complaints against the actress or the filmmakers under section 295A of Indian Penal Code that punishes any act intended to insult religious sentiments of a religious group.

“Even if it’s (winking scene) true, it does not come within the ambit and sweep of section 295A,” the court said. It added the emphasis in the law is on the aggravated form of insult to religion when it’s perpetrated with a malicious intention. The enthusiastic informant, court said, got the FIR registered to gain mileage.

We do not perceive any calculated tendency adopted by the petitioners to insult or disturb the public order or invite the wrath of section 295A, court said rejecting the complainant’s contention that the picturisation of the song hurt the sentiments of Muslims.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 12:01 IST