Citizens' Issues
AIB Roast: Court asks to file FIR against Karan Johar, Deeepika Padukone, Aalia Bhat, Ranvir Singh & Arjun Kapoor

Bollywood celebrities like Karan Johar, Ranvir Singh, Deepika Padukone, Aalia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor and film critic Rajeev Masand are among 14 named as accused in a case filed by a social activist questioning both the content of the controversial AIB ‘Roast’ and the venue of the event, which is a stadium built on government land for sports events 

 

A Metropolitan Court in Mumbai has asked Tardeo Police Station to file a first information report (FIR) against 14 persons, including officials of National Sports Club of India (NSCI), the comedians of AIB Roast and a bunch of Bollywood celebrities such as Karan Johar, Deeepika Padukone, Ranvir Singh, Aalia Bhat and Arjun Kapoor. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate CS Baviskar also directed Police to submit the investigation report in the matter.
 
The case related to All India Bac***d (AIB) Roast, a controversial event that involved hurling obscenities at celebrities, in a new genre of comedy that hasn’t gone down well with a large section of the people. In fact, a video of the event was taken down hastily by the organisers, who run a stand-up comedy company — but not before it saw a record number of views on YouTube. The ‘roast’ itself was aimed a set of ‘cool’ Bollywood personalities, who allowed themselves to be the butt of these “vulgar’ and “obscene” jokes at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on 20th January in Mumbai.
 
Social activist Santosh Daundkar approached the Court after the police failed to register an FIR based on his complaint. Advocate Abha Singh, counsel for Daundkar says, in this programme (AIB Roast) the comedians  “blurted out pre-scripted, vulgar, pornographic and obscene jokes”. 
 
"Of late, a large number of crimes against women are being influenced by such obscene and pornographic happenings. When we talk of women safety, it becomes the bounden duty of such Bollywood celebs to create congenial conditions rather than to make things worse," she said.
 
The lawyer also objected to the use of a government land leased to the NSCI for the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium. She said, "How could a vulgar, pornographic and obscene programme be held on a land leased out by the government on the condition that the same be used for sports, sports functions of the schools and the programmes of the Municipal Corporation."
 
Talking about the freedom of speech, Adv Singh said, "How could the votaries of freedom of speech justify these acts, when they have no respect for the law. If they think that law on obscenity is improper and constrains freedom of speech and expression then the right course for them is to approach the government for changing the law. On such presumptions, in a country governed by the eminent principles of "Rule of Law", these votaries of free speech cannot take law in their own hands and then utter pornographic words in front of women audience, more so at the time when the entire country is concerned with women safety."
 
She has urged the Mumbai Police to abide by its statutory responsibility in conducting a detailed investigation and book all the culprits who participated in this criminal conspiracy and acts done with a common intention.
 
Those mentioned as accused in the social activist’s complaint are: 
1. Jayantilal Shah, President, NSCI
2. Ravinder Aggarwal, Secretary General, NSCI
3. Organisers of AIB Roast Programme held at the NSCI
4. Karan Johar
5. Ranvir Singh
6. Rohan Joshi
7. Tanmay Bhatt
8. Gursimran Khamba
9. Ashish Shakya
10. Aditi Mittal
11. Deepika Padukone
12. Aalia Bhatt
13. Rajeev Masand
14. Arjun Kapoor
 
 

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Teesta Setalvad's arrest stayed till Friday

Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand rushed to the Supreme Court within an hour of the High Court dismissing their plea for a stay on its order to allow them time to move the Supreme Court

 

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed till Friday the arrest of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband. The order came soon after Gujarat High Court rejected anticipatory bail plea of the couple in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds for a museum at Gulbarg society, devastated in the 2002 riots.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand would be protected from the arrest till the matter is heard on Friday.
 
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal orally mentioned about the imminent arrest of the couple, soon after Gujarat High Court rejected their anticipatory bail.
 
Sibal along with advocate Aparna Bhat mentioned the plea, when the bench, which also comprised justices AK Sikri and Arun Mishra, was hearing another case.
 
The lawyers said the police was at their doorstep and hell bent to arrest them. This is "an extraordinary situation" and therefore should be heard urgently, they said.
 
The bench said that the appeal against the High Court decision could be filed in the course of the day.
 
The couple rushed to the apex court within an hour of the High Court dismissing their plea for a stay on its order to allow them time to move the Supreme Court.
 
The High Court also observed that Setalvad was not cooperating in the probe and "they cannot be armoured with full-fledged anticipatory bail when applicant did not cooperate with the investigation."
 
Setalvad and her husband have been booked by the Crime Branch of Gujarat Police on charges of cheating, breach of trust and under the IT Act, in a matter relating to the construction of "Museum of Resistance" in the Gulbarg society in Ahmedabad which was hit by communal riot in 2002.
 

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VijayTrimbakGokhale

2 years ago

Let the law take it's own course without political interference. But let the investigating authorities ensure that law must and takes it's due course. Truth should prevail. The criticism of political witch hunt, in any case, will be made.

63% MLAs from Delhi are crorepatis; 34% have criminal cases, says report
According to a report from ADR, 63% of the newly elected MLAs from Delhi are crorepatis, while 34% have criminal cases registered against them. Candidates with criminal cases, who lost the elections, include 21 Congress candidates, 26 BJP candidates, 12 BSP candidates and one candidate from AAP
 
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed that 34% of the newly elected members in the Delhi Assembly have registered criminal cases against them, while 63% of them are crorepatis. On the positive front, none of the MLAs have been charged with any iniquitous crimes so far, such as murder and crimes against women, ADR said in a report. 
 
The analysis presented in the ADR release has been done based on data collected from the affidavits (available in the Election Commission of India website) filed by the candidates in which they are mandated to disclose information regarding any criminal cases registered against them. They candidates are also required to submit information regarding their financial, educational, profession and age details. 
 
Moneylife had published an article last month based on an earlier ADR release regarding the details of the outgoing candidates in the Delhi Assembly. It was found that about 36% of them had registered criminal cases against them, 73% of them were crorepatis and 47% had an educational qualification of just 12th pass or below.  
 
In this batch of new elects, 34% have registered criminal charges, 63% are crorepatis and 34% have an educational qualification of 12th pass or below. The number of women elected in the assembly (6) has also improved from a four candidates in 2013. Clearly, there has been a positive shift in the overall profile of the Assembly. 
 
Criminal Cases: 
 
While 34% of the elected candidates do have criminal charges against them, none of them have been charged with serious crimes such as murder or rape. This is marked improvement from the previous years. Of the 70 outgoing candidates elected in 2013, 20 of them had been charged of heinous crimes such as murder, dacoity and assault against women, ADR says. 
 
Moreover, the report pointed to the fact that “91 out of 673 candidates with criminal cases, including 60 candidates with serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, crimes against women lost the Delhi Assembly Elections. Candidates with criminal cases who lost the elections include 21 Congress candidates, 26 BJP candidates, 12 BSP candidates and one candidate from AAP.” The chances of victory for candidates with a clean record was calculated to be 8% (2% increase from 2008), but the chances of victory for a candidate with a criminal record has been 21% (5% decrease since 2008).  It is clear that the people of Delhi wanted to “sweep” crime off their streets.  
 
The candidates with registered criminal cases against them include 23 from AAP and 1 from BJP. 
 
Financial Background and Average Assets. 
 
Average assets per MLA this election has been Rs6.29 crore, compared to Rs10.83 crore in 2013. Furthermore, “186 candidates who had declared their total assets worth more than Rs1 crore lost the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. Out of these candidates who lost, 51 candidates had assets worth more than Rs10 crore, 13 had more than Rs20 crore, 7 had more than Rs30 crore and 1 candidate, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of SAD from Rajouri Garden Constituency had total assets worth Rs239 crore.”, the report read. 
 
44 out of the 70 newly elected candidates (63%) are crorepatis, a good 10% less than 2013. 11 of them have total assets worth over 10 crores. The top from crorepatis are from AAP – Parmila Tokas (R K Puram constituency) with total assets worth over 87 crores, Naresh Balyan (Uttam Nagar constituency) with assets worth over 58 crores, Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh constituency) whose assets are worth over 37 crores, and Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli) with total assets worth over 26 crores.
 
Also, 10 MLAs have declared liabilities of over 1 crore, while 5 MLAs (all from AAP) have not declared their income tax details as yet.  Of the re-elected MLAs, their average assets s in 2015 are Rs2.38 crore, and the average growth in assets of re-elected MLAs from 2013 to 2015 has been Rs13.69 lakh, i.e., 6%. The average assets growth of 21 re-elected AAP MLAs has been Rs6.66 lakh i.e. by 4%.
 
Educational Qualifications: 
 
Since the previous elections in 2013, there has been a 10% jump (61% in 2015) in the number of MLAs with a graduate degree or above, and a 13% fall (34% in 2015) in the number of candidates with an educational qualification of 12th pass or below. 
 
 
Another change has been notices in the distribution of MLAs in different age brackets. 70% of the new elects are between the ages of 25 and 50, compared to 57% in the previous election. 29% of the MLAs are between the ages of 50 and 70. 
 

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vishal

2 years ago

In to days atmosphere only very rich can afford to stand for election. One silver lining in the cloud is less criminal charges against elected representatives. One thing is also sure the AAP is not going to be a Janatha Pariwar as one expects. They are going to mean business and there is going to be some surprise for the Delhi voters.

MG Warrier

2 years ago

Interesting analysis. One suggestion is, as the word 'crorepati'today may just mean that the person owns a two-room accommodation in the city, there is a need for coining some other phrase to describe the 'rich'.
Overall, there is some improvement in the position.

REPLY

Jayakumar

In Reply to MG Warrier 2 years ago

They are not people who has kept lakhs crores in Swiss bank swindle in the country like SONAGandhi

jAYAKUMAR

In Reply to MG Warrier 2 years ago

I endorse the opinion of Mr.Warrior. I also like to stat the way they have become crorepati should not be like Sonia gandhi/corruption/Swiss Accounts/traitors of the country.

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