Mumbai police books people behind AIB Roast show

aib-showMumbai Police has registered an FIR against organisers and participants of the controversial AIB Roast show. An officer at Tardeo police station in South Mumbai said that the FIR has been registered against 14 persons including Bollywood personalities Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt apart from officials of the National Sports Club of India, Worli, in South Mumbai where the event was held in December last year.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhananjay Kulkarni said that these people have been booked under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, using words or gestures intended to insult the modesty of a woman, performing obscene acts or songs and relevant sections of the Environment Act, IT Act and Bombay Police Act.

This FIR was filed on the orders of Additional Magistrate CS Baviskar who was hearing an application filed by a social activist alleging that the participants used “vulgar, obscene and pornographic” language before an audience which had a large number of women. The complaint also objected to the venue being used for entertainment show, in breach of Coastal Regulation Zone rules. This is the second FIR in the state against the AIB roast show. Earlier an offence was registered in Pune.

On Monday, the Bombay High Court had also directed the government and the Information & Broadcasting Ministry to respond to a petition seeking action against organisers. The AIB Knockout Roast, the first of its kind in India, featured a panel of stand-up comedians, actors and ‘Roastmaster’ Karan Johar. The show went viral after it was put up online, attracting over four million views in less than four days on YouTube. However, after complaints of obscenity, AIB pulled off the show earlier this month.

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