The Bombay High Court (HC) ordered on Thursday that the 12 students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) named in the FIR filed by FTII director Prashant Pathrabe, in which he alleged that students assaulted him, cannot leave Pune till the charge-sheet is filed, without prior permission of the court.
While initially 17 students were arrested, five of them were released on bail and the rest were out on anticipatory bail.
Senior police inspector Pravin Chougule said the charge-sheet is not yet filed.
“The investigating officer has gone on sick leave and once he comes back and finishes the investigation, the charge-sheet will be filed. The students will have to report to Deccan Police Station for eight days as directed by the HC,” he said.
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The HC order is expected to affect the protest which the FTII students were planning to stage in Goa at International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
“The order will definitely affect our protest. As many as 50-60 students were going to participate in the protest at IFFI but after this order, 12 students will not be able to attend the event,” said Vikas Urs, one of the students. The protest, he says, will be affected by another aspect.
“At least 50 students had registered online for IFFI this year; the applications further require an approval from FTII,” said Urs.
“As per the regular procedure, once IFFI gets an official confirmation from the institute, the attendee students’ entry fee is waived off,” he further said. “This year, only 22 applications were approved by the director and the rest got rejected,” he added.