In what comes as a cause of concern for Bollywood actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, the Bombay High Court refuses interim relief to the stars in the AIB Roast Case. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected the petition of both the actors and set April 3 as the next date of hearing in the case against them and other film personalities over using obscene, abusive and vulgar language during the live comedy event AIB Knockout, which was held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel indoor stadium on December 20, 2015. The video of the event was uploaded on YouTube and went viral.
Reportedly, a bench of justices RM Savant and Sarang Kotwal directed the actors’ lawyer to first serve a copy of their plea to one of the complainants in the case, activist Santosh Dundkar. In February 2016, Dundkar filed a complaint with the chief metropolitan magistrate of Girgaon court, alleging that the show was “vulgar, obscene... pornographic”.
Mumbai police, after a court order, had registered an FIR at Tardeo police station even as AIB pulled down the controversial YouTube video of the show and tendered a public apology. The FIR named Bollywood celebrities Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt. The group even made personal visits to religious groups who felt offended by the contents of the video.
Singh and Kapoor approached the High Court earlier this year, after they received summons from the Pune police, and claimed in their plea that the FIRs against them bore an ulterior motive.