The Bombay High Court recently quashed an FIR filed against the director of Colors TV channel and producers and participants of reality show Bigg Boss for alleged “indecency and vulgarity”. A bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Sadhana Jadhav was hearing a writ petition filed by Endemol India Pvt Limited, seeking quashing of an FIR filed on October 4, 2008 by Sunil K Ahire, the former president of the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress.
After going through the FIR and complaint, the court held that the complainant had not given details regarding the dates on which he had viewed Bigg Boss, besides specifying instances in respect of the indecency and vulgarity alleged by him. Also the names and particulars of the participants who allegedly exhibited vulgarity were not given. The complaint further did not specify names of others who had raised concerns about the show content with him.
“General allegations have been made. On the basis of these allegations, in our considered view, continuation of investigation into such FIR would be futile and also it would be abuse of process of law… Consequently, the complaint and FIR registered with Andheri police station against the petitioners is quashed and set-aside,” said the court.
In the FIR, Ahire had alleged that he “had been watching the show” on Colors and found that the participants of the show had been spreading indecency, vulgarity and also propagating indecent representation of women. Ahire had also stated in his complaint that he had received communications from various party workers and the public at large complaining about the show.