Comedian Tanmay Bhat of the AIB is in trouble over his video in which he can be seen mocking veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Raj Thackeray’s political party MNS has decided to file an FIR against him and also threatened to thrash him. BJP leader Ashish Shelar also met the police commissioner regarding the matter, it is said a non-cognizable offence under Section 500 of the IPC might be registered against Tanmay Bhat.
MNS leader Ameya Khopkar recently said, “This act is condemnable, these videos are just mere publicity stunts. Forgiveness won’t do, these people should be caught on the road and beaten up. Cyber cell and Shivaji Park Police Station should arrest them, that’s our demand. We need an FIR against them. We will protest and he won’t be able to come out on the road. We won’t let his shows happen anymore.”
The video posted by Tanmay Bhat on his Facebook page titled “Sachin Vs Lata civil war” shows them arguing over who is better “Sachin or Virat Kohli”.
The controversial snapchat, captioned ‘Sachin vs Lata Civil War’, went viral on social media on Sunday and drew strong protests from MNS , Shiv Sena , BJP and NCP on Monday. The parties demanded police action against Tanmay Bhat for insulting the national icons both honoured with Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award.
MNS leader Shalini Thackeray urged the cyber crime cell to demand that the snapchat be withdrawn immediately. MNS leader Ameya Khopkar has warned that his party colleagues will beat up Tanmay Bhat if he continues with his shows maligning “our heroes and national icons.” Khopkar heads the MNS’s films and television cell.
DCP Sangramsingh Nishandar said the Mumbai police have sought legal opinion on whether they can register an FIR against Bhat. They have also written to Google and YouTube administrators to block the controversial video. The video has been shared with the legal team of the Mumbai Police to verify whether the video may attract any cognizable offence under provisions of the Information Technology (IT) Act, as it was posted on Snapchat and Facebook.
MNS demanded that the video uploaded by Mr Tanmay Bhat be removed immediately.
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