AIB Roast case: Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor absent for summons, present for Mumbai Police show
Two celebrities summoned by cops in the AIB Roast case, did not turn up at the police station for recording their statements, but were seen on stage at the Mumbai Police’s annual event Umang. Three other actors against whom the First Investigation Report (FIR) was registered in the case also performed at the event and were seen chatting with senior officials of the Mumbai Police.
Arjun Kapoor performs at Umang
The police had summoned actor Arjun Kapoor and director Karan Johar on January 9. They were a part of the comedy show, which stirred up a controversy last year after it aired online. While actor Ranveer Singh was also a part of the event, Deepika Padukone was present as an audience member. In February 2015, the Tardeo police station had registered a case against the four for using obscene language on the AIB Roast show.
(From left) Karan Johar, Manish Paul, Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt dance on the Umang stage. Pics/Sayed Sameer Abedi
'Out of the country'
Though the police summoned Johar and Kapoor, they never came to the police station. Their lawyers told cops at the Tardeo police station that they were out of the country. But on Tuesday night, while Arjun danced to one of his songs, Karan Johar was seen on stage with Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone danced to songs from their movie Bajirao Mastani.
“We had summoned them and they had told us that they were out of town. We are going to send fresh summons to them. Our programme (Umang) was organised to motivate our constabularies,” said a senior IPS officer.
Based on a complaint filed by activist Santosh Daundkar, the Girgaum Court had asked the police to register an FIR under section 294 (obscene acts or words in public), 509 (word or gestures intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Environment Act, IT Act and Bombay Police Act.
The police have recorded statements of AIB members Gursimran Khamba, Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya. They have also recorded statements of stand up comedians Abish Matthew, Aditi Mittal, Rajeev Masand, Raghu Ram, who were all a part of the show and Rangbhoomi Prayog Parinirikshan Mandal, and five officer bearers of Only Much Louder (OML), who organised the event.
High Court relief
Last week, the Bombay High Court asked the Mumbai police not to file a chargesheet against maker Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh and others facing a criminal case for allegedly using obscene language on the AIB Roast show. The court said it would commence final hearing of the matter on February 9 and till then chargesheet should not be filed.
Mumbai Police says
When mid-day contacted Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed, he asked us to get in touch later claiming he was currently out of town. Mumbai Police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni said he would have to check the matter, as he was not present at the event.