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Tandav : Supreme Court to hear Amazon Prime head’s anticipatory bail plea

Mumbai : Amazon Prime commercial head Aparna Purohit was denied anticipatory bail in connection with the ongoing investigation against the Amazon Prime’s web series ‘Tandav’. Now her bail plea will be heard by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Amazon Prime on Tuesday issued an apology to its Indian viewers for offending some sentiments. In a statement titled “Amazon Prime Video Apologizes”, the company said it deeply regrets viewers considered certain scenes to be objectionable.

It further added, “This was never our intention, and the scenes that were objected to were removed or edited when they were brought to our attention. We respect our viewers’ diverse beliefs and apologize unconditionally to anyone who felt hurt by these scenes.”

Tandav, the political thriller web series released on Amazon Prime has been ebroiled in controversies since its release in January. Controversial scenes were deleted from the Saif Ali Khan-starrer web-series Tandav but it didn’t save the series from political wrath. A total of three FIRs were registered in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, Noida, and Shahjahanpur, two FIRs in Madhya Pradesh while one each was lodged in Karnataka and Bihar. Apart from the FIRs, at least three other criminal complaints are pending in Maharashtra, Delhi, and Chandigarh, respectively.

In January, Aparna Purohit, ‘Tandav’ actor Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, and the makers had moved the Supreme court seeking protection from arrest on the FIRs. The Supreme court had denied granting interim protection at that time.

They then moved to the Allahabad high court, here too, on February 25, they were declined to get the protection.

The court in its order said, “Such people make the revered figures of the religion of the majority community source of earning money in a most brazen manner taking benefit of the liberal and tolerant tradition of the country.”

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