Mumbai Police has charged the comedy group, All India Bakchod (AIB) with defamation and the IT Act for posting an allegedly offensive image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The offence, if proven, carries a punishment up to three years in jail and Rs. 5 lakh fine.
The cops in Mumbai said that the FIR was filed by their cyber cell after “due legal consultation.”
Supporters of PM Modi had reported the matter to Mumbai Police, which had assured the complainant of action by its cyber wing.
While posting a photo of PM Modi’s lookalike, the AIB tweet had said, “Dog filter is lyf.’ The group had also added a Snapchat dog filter on Modi’s image while captioning his photo as #wanderlust.
Tanmay Bhat, one of the most prominent faces of the AIB, then posted the screenshot of one of PM Modi’s old tweets saying that ‘We surely need more humour in public life.’
In another tweet, he wrote, “PS: Will continue making jokes. And deleting if necessary. And making jokes again. And Apologizing if necessary. Don’t care what you think.”
PS: Will continue making jokes. And deleting if necessary. And making jokes again. And Apologizing if necessary. Don't care what you think.
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017
Later Bhat also posted the screenshot of a tweet posted by Modi in past saying ‘We surely need more humour in public life.’