Even as it failed to explain the FIR lodged by Pune police against the actors participating in the controversial comedy show AIB Knockout, the Maharashtra Government on Friday said it was not interested in moral policing and would follow the law.
State Education and Cultural Minister Vinod Tawde said he was unaware of the reasons that might have prompted the State Home Ministry to act against the AIB actors. “We are not interested in moral policing. Why should we stop a show? We go by the law, the government is run by the law, not by the whims of any minister,” Mr. Tawde said when asked if by booking actors who were present at the show, but were not participants, the government was not engaging in moral policing.
He reiterated that his powers pertained to only check if the comedy show, which was attended by 4,000 people, had acquired the necessary license for the performance.
The roast of actors Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and filmmaker Karan Johar hosted by comedy group AIB and uploaded on YouTube, ran into more trouble on Thursday after the Pune police lodged an FIR against the producers and participants. Actors Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha, who were part of the audience, were also named in the FIR triggering outrage on social media.