Mahesh Manjrekar has been accused of allegedly portraying obscene scenes with small children in the Marathi film Nay Varan Bhat Loncha Kon Nay Koncha. An FIR has been registered against the actor-director.
Now the Bombay High Court has granted protection from arrest to director Mahesh Manjrekar and the makers of the Marathi film ‘Nay Varan Bhat Loncha Kon Nay Koncha’ for an obscene sequence involving children.
The court further ordered the police not to take any coercive action against the director and the film’s crew, who had an FIR filed against them under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.
In a statement to ETimes, Advocate Ravi Suryavanshi and Advocate Swapnil Ambure, led by Sr. Advocate Ponda, said: “The Hon’ble Court has protected the director and producers of the movie ‘Nay Varan Bhat Loncha Kon Nai Koncha’ from arrest. Further, directions are issued to the State Police to not take any coercive action against them. We would be extending our full cooperation to the investigation.” The recently released film was said to include sexually explicit content involving minors. The filmmaker’s lawyer, on the other hand, claimed that such scenes did not exist in the film and that it was merely a segment of the trailer that was later taken down from YouTube.
Advocate Ambure added, “Court took notice of the fact that the questionable trailer was taken down and the movie released after getting the CBFC’s Censor Certification.”
The court’s order came a week after it refused to grant the makers of the Marathi film any relief in the case.
Mahesh Manjrekar filed a petition in the High Court last month, requesting that the charge be taken down and that he be granted interim protection from arrest. However, the hearing was delayed after a division bench led by Justice SS Shinde declined to give any orders.