The Rajasthan authorities on Monday knowledgeable the Excessive Court docket that the Police is ready to file a closure report in a felony case registered in opposition to Karan Johar and cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya over their remarks on the filmmaker’s discuss show- Koffee With Karan.

Dr. Justice Pushpendra Singh Bhati was listening to their petitions for quashing of FIRs when the Public Prosecutor knowledgeable that closing report/ closure report has been chalked on 11.3.2021 and the identical is prone to be submitted earlier than the competent courtroom expeditiously.

The trio was booked for allegedly guaranteeing derogatory statements in opposition to ladies throughout an episode of the Bollywood discuss present.

The FIRs have been filed by one Devaram Meghwal at police station Luni, Jodhpur below sections 153(A) ,292, 295(A), 504 of IPC, 67 of the Data & Expertise Act, 2000 and three(1)(u) & 3(1)(v) of the SC ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) 1989.

It was alleged within the FIR that Karan Johar, as a way to allegedly enhance the TRP of the present, deliberately participated within the dialog with Hardik Pandya, which resultantly insulted ladies. It was added that the accused individuals collectively performed with the sentiments of girls and for the reason that above content material is current on social media, it’s damaging the picture of the whole class of girls.

Discovering the petitions infructuous, the Excessive Court docket dismissed the identical.

Earlier, the Excessive Court docket had directed that no coercive steps shall be taken in opposition to the petitioners and permitted the petitioners to current their case earlier than the Investigation Officer by means of their Authorized Consultant/ Authorized Advisor.

Of their illustration earlier than the Investigation Officer, Johar’s counsel had submitted that the present contains numerous rounds, whereby the host asks on the spot inquiries to the contributors and seeks their opinion and usually tries to have a lighthearted dialog about their persona, likes, and dislikes, and so forth. In furtherance, it was additionally submitted that in no method any unparliamentary or derogatory assertion is directed in opposition to anybody, particularly ladies through the present.

It was added that a number of ladies celebrities are additionally invited as contributors; on the mentioned present. The illustration acknowledged that the host can’t anticipate the solutions that are given by the celebrities/ contributors on the present. It was additionally acknowledged that the mentioned episode was instantly pulled down and subsequently, in any occasion, there is no such thing as a query for the complainant elevating any alleged grievances.

Advocates Nishant Bora, Pankaj Kumar Gupta, Aditya Singh Rathore and Firoz Khan appeared on behalf of the petitioners whereas PP Arun Kumar, Adv. Anil Bidan Halu and Adv. Praveen Karwa appeared for the respondents.

Case Title: Karan Johar v. State, By P.p. & Anr. with different linked issues

Quotation: 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 212

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