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AIB Roast case: No interim relief for Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor from Mumbai High Court

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in a still from the 'AIB Roast'. Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Mar 13, 2018, 12.08 PM (IST)

Actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor were on Tuesday refused relief by the Bombay High Court on a 2015 FIR filed against them and their Bollywood colleagues for allegedly using obscene and abusive language during the comedy event AIB Roast.

A bench of justices R M 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.

The actors had urged the court to direct, by way of an interim relief, the Pune and Mumbai police to refrain from taking any coercive action against them.

The bench, however, said it will consider the prayer only after the complainant was provided a copy of the petition, and scheduled the matter for further hearing on April 3.

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, along with 10 other celebrities, including filmmaker Karan Johar, actor Deepika Padukone, and members of the AIB team, had performed at a charity event in Worli On December 20, 2014, 

The video of the event was uploaded on YouTube a year later and it went viral.

In February 2015, Dundkar filed a complaint with the chief metropolitan magistrate of Girgaon court, alleging that the show was "vulgar, obscene...Pornographic."

The court then ordered that an FIR be registered against all the 10 people.

Soon after, another FIR was registered against all 10 of them in Pune following a complaint by a local alleging obscenity during the event.

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor approached the high court earlier this year after they received summons from the Pune police, directing them to visit the police station for questioning and recording their statements.

They claimed in their plea that the FIRs against them bore an ulterior motive.

They also alleged that the FIRs were filed with a "mischievous" and mala fide intent, and sought that the same be quashed.

Later, another bench of the Bombay High Court had granted an interim relief to Deepika Padukone, Karan Johar, and the AIB members and directed both the Mumbai and Pune police not to take any coercive action against them until further orders.

(With inputs from PTI)

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