The Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered no coercive steps be taken against Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon, filmmaker Farah Khan and comedian Bharti Singh in a First Information Report (FIR) lodged against them for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of the Christian community.
Meanwhile, Justice Karamjit Singh had issued a notice to the State of Punjab in the petition seeking quashing of the FIR registered against Farah Khan, Raveena Tandon, and Bharti Singh for their comments made during a show in 2019.
In a show called Backbenchers, Farah Khan had invited Raveena Tandon and Bharti Singh. The complainants objected to the comments made during an episode telecasted on November 30, 2019.
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The three of them were accused of hurting the religious sentiments of the Christian community as they compared the word “Hallelujah” with a vulgar word, and disrespected it.
Meanwhile, the petitioners said, in their defence, that there was nothing in the show to perceive that it was intended to hurt the religious sentiments of the Christian community. They further said that the hurt must be “deliberate and malicious”.
“The so-called incident arises from an unintentional conversation during the quizzing of the two participants by the host,” the petition reads.
Likewise, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has listed the case for further hearing on December 5, granting interim relief to the petitioners.