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Tandav row: SC stays Aparna Purohit’s arrest, asks her to cooperate in probe

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The Supreme Court on Friday offered interim relief to Aparna Purohit, Amazon Prime Video’s head of original content in India by granting her interim bail and stalled her arrest. She was granted bail in connection to the probe into Tandav imbroglio. The apex court also directed Aparna to fully cooperate with the investigation.

The SC also said that the governmental regulation and rules on social media and OTT (Over the Top) platforms “have no teeth” and thus no power for prosecution.

Soon after Tandav started streaming on Amazon Prime on January 15, controversy erupted and legal hassles came hounding the web series starring Dimple Kapadia, Saif Ali Khan, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub and Sunil Grover, in the lead. 

The political drama hit the news for its depiction of UP police in bad light and showing Hindu gods and goddesses in a derogatory manner and offending religious beliefs.

After her initial anticipatory bail plea got rejected by the Allahabad high court, Purohit knocked the doors of the Supreme Court. She has been named in a slew of FIRs filed against Tandav.

The Supreme Court bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and Subhash Reddy maintained that the regulations, recently mandated by the Centre to regulate Over the Top (OTT) platforms, are very weak and mere guidelines and do not have provision for any action against digital platforms.

An unconditional apology issued by Amazon Prime earlier this week said: “Amazon Prime Video again deeply regrets that viewers considered certain scenes to be objectionable in the recently launched fictional series ‘Tandav’. This was never our intention, and the scenes that were objected to were removed or edited when they were brought to our attention.” All objectionable scenes have been deleted from the series by Amazon. 

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