The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim protection from arrest to Amazon Prime Video’s India head Aparna Purohit in connection with FIRs lodged against her over the web series ‘Tandav’. Aparna had challenged the Allahabad High Court order denying her anticipatory bail in FIR filed in Greater Noida with regard to ‘Tandav’. Her plea was listed before a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy in the apex court.
“Petitioner is cooperating in Lucknow FIR and HC has granted protection. She is ready to cooperate in the investigation. It is submitted that petitioner is @amazon India head and concerned with writing and production of web series. Considering the facts, we issue notice and we direct petitioner shall not be arrested in FIR no 14 of 2021 subject to her cooperation," Justice Ashok Bhushan-led bench remarked.
The Allahabad High Court had on February 25 rejected her anticipatory bail plea stating that “the applicant had not been vigilant and has acted irresponsibly making her open to criminal prosecution in permitting streaming of a movie which is against the fundamental rights of the majority of citizens of this country and therefore, her fundamental right of life and liberty cannot be protected by grant of anticipatory bail to her in the exercise of discretionary powers of this court.”
The HC also said Purohit was granted interim protection from arrest on February 11 by the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court, “but she was not co-operating with the investigation” and that “this conduct of the applicant shows that she has scant respect for the law of the land and her conduct further disentitles her to any relief from this court, since co-operation with investigation is a necessary condition for grant of anticipatory bail”.