High Court Declines To Scrap Case Against Ekta Kapoor Over Web Series

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The Madhya Pradesh High Court bench in Indore has dismissed a petition of TV producer Ekta Kapoor seeking that a case filed against her for alleged objectionable content in web series “XXX season 2” be quashed.

However, the Indore bench, in its 65-page verdict delivered on Wednesday, observed that the provision of the IPC section dealing with hurting religious feelings was not found to have been breached by the defendant.

Five months ago, an FIR was registered against Ekta Kapoor following a complaint alleging that the web series, aired on her OTT platform ALTBalaji, not only spreads obscenity, but also hurts religious feelings.

The TV produder-cum-filmmaker was booked under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Indian Penal Code.

A single bench of Justice Shailendra Shukla observed, “After due consideration in view of the aforesaid discussions, it appears that facts of the case are not such that this court may exercise its extraordinary powers under Section 482 of CrPC for quashing the FIR at least in respect of Section 67, 67-A of IT Act and Section 294 of IPC.”

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