Bombay HC refuses to ban release of ”Santa Banta”

Bombay HC refuses to ban release of ''Santa Banta''
Bombay HC refuses to ban release of ”Santa Banta”

The Bombay High Court today refused to grant an interim stay on the release of upcoming film “Santa Banta Pvt Ltd” while hearing a petition alleging the movie had defamed members of the Sikh community and portrayed them in bad light.

Justice S C Dharmadhikari, heading a division bench, said, “We cannot stop the release of any film unless an opportunity is given to the producer and censor board to answer the allegations.”

Accordingly, the court asked the respondents to file affidavits in reply to the petition within two weeks.

The petition, filed by Charan Singh Sapra, Congress MLC from suburban Mulund, alleged the film had hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community as it contained “indecent and filthy” dialogues and jokes about the community members.

The petitioners lawyer B A Desai showed posters of the film to the bench alleging indecency shown by the actors and urging for a direction to the censor board to withdraw its certificate issued to the producers to exhibit the film in theatres all over the country.

Desai cited Supreme Court judgements to show that “indecent” behaviour of characters in a film cannot be tolerated and said the films dialogues were against public order.

He also pointed out that the dialogues of the film went against the spirit of the Constitution and said it might create law and order problems as it had hurt the sentiments of a particular community.

The jokes on Sardarji were intolerable and indecent and intended to defame them, said the lawyer.

He pleaded for an interim relief to stop the release of the film on April 22, but the court refused to consider it saying it would hear the other side before passing any such order.

Senior lawyer and former Advocate General Ravi Kadam appeared for the producers, while Kapil Moye appeared for the censor board.

( Source – PTI )

Pratyusha suicide: Rahul Singh’s bail plea rejected

Pratyusha suicide: Rahul Singh's bail plea rejected
Pratyusha suicide: Rahul Singh’s bail plea rejected

The anticipatory bail plea of TV producer Rahul Raj Singh, booked for abetment of his girlfriend actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide, was today rejected by a local court after the prosecution said it could be a “pre-planned murder”.

Dindoshi sessions court Judge Khwaja Farooq Ahmed dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Rahul, who was booked for abetment of suicide after Pratyusha’s parents filed a compliant against him.

When the matter came up for hearing in the court, prosecution lawyer Falguni Brahmbhatt said, “We suspect that it could be murder and it needs to be probed. The entire incident could be pre-planned.”

She argued as to why Rahul took Pratyusha all the way to Andheri (from their residence in suburban Goregaon after she was found hanging), instead of a nearby hospital. She also sought to know why he later fled from the hospital.

“Why didn’t Rahul call police or take picture of the body before untying it from the fan,” she further asked.

Arguing for Rahul, his counsel Samir Sheikh said Pratyusha’s parents did not make any allegation against him in their first statement to police, then why did they file the FIR later.

He also said that Pratyusha didn’t leave a suicide note blaming Rahul for her death, and also there were no marks on her body other than the ligature wound.

Following both the arguments, the judge rejected Rahul’s anticipatory bail application.

On April 1, the 24-year-old actress, who shot to fame for her role as Anandi in hit TV series “Balika Vadhu”, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself inside her flat at Goregoan area of western suburbs.

A case under IPC sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 504, 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC has been registered against Rahul, who is in hospital since Sunday.

According to the doctors attending on him, “he still has suicidal tendencies”.

Police are also trying to ascertain whether Pratyusha, who hailed from Jamshedpur, was in financial trouble or had any dispute with Rahul. Some reports suggested that the actress was depressed over not getting roles in TV serials.

Her parents had alleged that their daughter took the extreme step as she was subjected to torture by Rahul.

A few of Pratyusha’s friends, who claimed to have evidence against Rahul, had earlier recorded their statements with the police.

Pratyusha’s maid, in her statement, claimed Rahul used to physically and mentally harass the TV actress, police said.

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Yukta, Tuli get divorce, her complaint gets quashed

Yukta MookheyFollowing the consensual divorce of model-turned-actor Yukta Mookhey and her estranged husband Prince Tuli, the Bombay High Court today quashed the criminal complaint filed by the former Miss World against her in-laws.

The family court in suburban Bandra yesterday granted Yukta and Tuli a divorce by mutual consent, Tuli’s lawyer Filji Fredrick said.

Tuli had moved the High Court seeking to quash the criminal complaint filed by Mookhey against him and his parents in Andheri police station alleging harassment and cruelty under the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act and the Indian Penal Code.

However, today their lawyers told the the High Court that they had got a divorce by mutual consent and wanted the criminal complaint quashed.

The court was told that the couple had agreed to certain terms and conditions. Mookhey had agreed not to seek any compensation from her husband, while Tuli had consented not to seek the custody of their child.

Following which the division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode quashed the criminal complaint.

The High Court had last year appointed a mediator to settle the dispute. Tuli was granted interim protection from arrest in connection with the complaint filed by Mookhey.

The mediation failed, but the couple, who had married in 2008, eventually agreed to obtain consensual divorce.

(Source: PTI)