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Mirzapur controversy: HC stays arrest of producers Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani

The Allahabad High Court has stayed the arrest of producers of "Mirzapur" web series — Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani in connection to the complaint filed against them

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Mirzapur controversy

In the new wave of censorship on OTT platforms, trouble has mounted for shows like Mirzapur and Tandav. Several complaints and cases have been filed against the makers and cast of the show for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

In the latest development on Friday, the Allahabad High Court has stayed the arrest of producers of "Mirzapur" web series — Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. This is in connection to the First Information Report filed against them, that accused them of improper and indecent portrayal of the town Mirzapur and outraging religious belief.

While the producers have been granted interim relief from arrest, a Division Bench of justices Manoj Kumar Gupta and Subhash Chand has directed the petitioners to offer full cooperation in the investigation. 

"Having regard to the facts of the case and the submissions made, till the next date of listing or till submission of police report under Section 173(2) CrPC, whichever is earlier, no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioners in pursuance of the FIR registered. However, the petitioners shall offer full cooperation in the investigation," the court said.

The FIR was registered against Akhtar and Sidhwani at Kotwali Dehat Police Station in Mirzapur district under sections 295-A , 504, 505 and 34 of IPC and 67-A of IT Act. The makers then filed a written petition to the court, which issued a notice to the UP government and the complainant seeking their replies and listed the case in the first week of March.

Created by Karan Anshuman who wrote the script of Mirzapur along with Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna took the audiences along the dark world of guns, drugs and lawlessness.

Farhan Akhtar Ritesh Sidhwani

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