The Bombay High Court has quashed an FIR filed against Colors TV channel and producers of TV show Big Boss.
A bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Sadhana Jadhav was hearing a writ petition filed by Endemol India Pvt Limited sought quashing of the FIR dated October 4, 2008, filed by one Sunil K Ahire, President of the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress.
In the said FIR, Ahire had alleged that he ‘had been watching the show’ on Colors and found that the participants of this show had been spreading indecency, vulgarity and also propagating indecent representation of women.
Ahire also stated in his complaint that he had received communication from various party workers and the public at large complaining about the show.
Thus, FIR was registered for offences punishable under sections 292 and 294 of the Indian Penal Code and the Indecent Representation of Women Act.
The court noted the shortcomings in Ahire’s complaint and said: “Perusal of the complaint makes it abundantly clear that the respondent No.3 (Ahire) has not given the dates on which the reality show “Big Boss” was aired and viewed by him. The respondent No.3 has also not given particulars in respect of the indecency and vulgarity alleged by him. Also, the names and particulars of the participants who exhibited vulgarity are not given. “
The court also observed that Ahire had failed to give the names of the public at large as well his party workers who had complained to him about the show.
The bench said: “The respondent No.3 has made ominous/general allegations. 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.”
Thus, the FIR was quashed and set aside.