“Zeeshan’s Lawyer : The statements of the character cannot be attributed to the actor.
Justice Shah : You accepted the contract after reading the script. You cannot hurt religious sentiments. ”
The controversy around web series Tandav starring Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub and other actors has been ongoing ever since its release.
There were FIR’s filed against the makers and the cast and crew owing that they have hurt religious sentiments. The makers even issued an apology and even deleted that objectionable scene of Zeeshan that claimed to have hurt religious sentiments.
And now lawyer of actor Zeeshan sought protection against him and quashing of all the FIR’s against him as he was just a character in the show.
However the bench of justice refused the request, As per reports when Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub’s lawyer argued that he was just an actor under contract and that the views expressed by his character could not be attributed to him, Justice MR Shah said, “You accepted the contract after reading the script. You cannot hurt religious sentiments.”.
[BREAKING] #Tandav Series Row : Supreme Court issues notice on the prayers for transferring and clubbing of FIRs.
Bench rejects the prayer for granting of interim protection from arrest.
— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) January 27, 2021
Appearing for actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Advocate Siddharth Agarwal argued that views of a character depicted in the series cannot be ascribed to the Actor. The Bench however did not seem inclined to entertain this aspect in an Article 32 petition. https://t.co/0W3t9WS4z4
— Dastangoi Collective (@DastangoiTheArt) January 27, 2021
Ayyub’s lawyer Siddharth Agarwal argued that it was a fictional character and there should not be multifarious investigation on the same issue. The bench said it is not inclined to entertain this aspect in an Article 32 petition. The bench also remarked during the hearing that freedom of speech is not absolute.
— Gauahar Khan (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) January 27, 2021
Gauahar Khan who is also a part of the web show reacted to this tweet with an emoticon that speaks volumes.
Source: India Times