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Friday 31 Aug 2018 12.50 PM

SC quashes FIR against Priya Prakash Varrier

Supreme Court, Priya Prakash Varrier

New Delhi : The Supreme Court today quashed an FIR against actor Priya Prakash Varrier, director and the producer of Malayalam movie 'Oru Adaar Love', which alleged that the 'wink song' video had hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslim community. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said the Malayalam folk song, on which the song has been picturised with Varrier, has been in the public domain since 1978 and the song video cannot be termed as blasphemous.

"We allow the writ petition of Varrier and others and quash the FIR lodged against them in Telangana and further direct no FIR or any complaint under Section 200 of CrPC will be entertained against the petitioners for picturization of the song in question," the bench said. Referring to a constitution bench judgement and a verdict delivered in a similar case lodged against cricketer M S Dhoni, it said no offence under Section 295 A of the IPC is made out against the 18-year-old actor and others in the present case.

Section 295 A of IPC deals with deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. The apex court had on February 21 stayed criminal proceedings against Varrier in some states, filed on the grounds that a song from her film allegedly hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community.

Speaking to the state counsel, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, "Somebody in a film sings a song and you have no other job but to file a case?" The Supreme Court bench also said that the petitioners in the case had argued that the song has been sung in Kerala since 1978. The Supreme Court also cited the rulings made in the cases filed against the movie Padmaavat and the biopic on the life of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. PTI

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