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Bombay HC refuses interim relief to Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor in AIB Knockout obscenity case

The actors had filed to obtain interim relief in order to prevent the Mumbai and Pune police from taking any coercive action against them. 

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The Bombay high court on Tuesday refused to grant interim relief to actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in an FIR filed against them over obscenity in the All India Bakchod (AIB) Knockout comedy roast in 2015. The bench comprising of justices RM Savant and Sarang Kotwal redirected the actors' lawyer to seek the assent of chief justice VK Tahilramani who was hearing two more pleas related to the case. 

Among the pleas was one by comedian Rohan Joshi seeking to quash an FIR against him related to the case. The actors had, similarly, sought to seek interim relief to prevent any police action by the Mumbai and Pune police due to any coercive tactics. 

In 2014, the actors were part of AIB's Knockout roast along with other celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Karan Johar, and the AIB team of Tanmay Bhatt and Rohan Joshi, in Worli, Mumbai. 

In 2015, Sateesh Daundkar filed a complaint with the Girgaon court claiming the show to be 'obscene, vulgar and pornographic'. Soon, the courts directed an FIR to be registered against 10 people involved in the programme. 

Kapoor and Singh approached the high court after appearing before the Pune police last month. The actors have suggested an ulterior motive behind the FIR. 

In 2015, another bench in the court had provided interim relief to Padukone, Johar, and the members of the AIB team, as well as directed the police to not take any coercive action against them until further orders.