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'Tandav' Row: Actors, Makers May Face Arrest As SC Declines Interim Protection

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A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan also issued a notice on clubbing of various FIRs registered across the country and asked the makers to move to High Court for anticipatory bail or quashing of FIRs.

'Tandav' Row: Actors, Makers May Face Arrest As SC Declines Interim Protection

Web series 'Tandav' actors, makers, including Saif Ali Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar are likely to face arrest after Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down their pleas for protection from arrest on several FIRs filed against them for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan also issued a notice on clubbing of various FIRs registered across the country and asked the makers to move to High Court for anticipatory bail or quashing of FIRs.

The court also issued notices to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka governments seeking their response on pleas for quashing FIRs against the makers.

Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra argued that the director of the web series is being harassed. "Is this way liberty should be protected in the country and FIRs are being filed across the country," he added. The bench observed that "the right to freedom of speech is not absolute and it is subjected to restrictions".

Nariman submitted that apologies have been made, and despite that several FIRs have been filed in six states. Justice Bhushan replied: "You want the FIRs to be quashed, then why can't you approach the High Courts?"