The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday has demanded the state of Punjab to refrain from adapting coercive steps against Bollywood stars Raveena Tandon, filmmaker Farah Khan, and comedian Bharti Singh. The three were accused of hurting religious sentiments during a TV show. Now, Justice Sudip Ahluwalia issued a notice to the government of Punjab and fixed March 25, 2020, as the next date of hearing for the same.
Bollywood celebrities were booked by the Rupnagar and Ferozepur police for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through their remarks. The resident of Rupnagar and Ferozepur, Charan Masih and Vijay Goriyan respectively filed the complaints.
The reports in Hindustan Times stated that the counsels Abhinav Sood and Rohit Sharma sought the quashing of FIRs, saying these were “illegal and bad in law”. Sood said no offense was made out against them under IPC Section 295-A and said that the allegations against petitioners were “unjustified, false and incorrect”.
Soon after a controversy erupted in December, the petitioners had apologized.