March 4, 2015 4:30:06 am
The Tardeo police station has begun questioning the members of the comedy collective All Indian Bakchod (AIB) as part of their investigations into the AIB Roast, which has allegedly hurt the sentiments of the Christian community.
Over the weekend, the police recorded statements of AIB member Rohan Joshi, and his colleagues are expected to follow this week.
“We had summoned Joshi to the police station during the weekend and questioned him about his role in the show. He told us that his group had taken inspiration from similar comedy shows that are held in western countries. Joshi and his colleagues then worked on a script and presented it to the show’s producer, Only Much Louder (OML),” said a senior police officer.
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The officer added that AIB then came to agreement with OML to produce the show, following which, invitations were sent out to several celebrities to take part. The show took place at the National Sports Club of India in Worli on December 20, 2014.
According to the police, Joshi’s colleagues Ashish Shakya and Tanmay Bhat will be summoned during the course of the week.
The officer added that statements of the several employees working at OML and the state Directorate of Cultural Affairs had also been recorded.
“The employees of the Directorate of Cultural Affairs said that they received documents seeking permission for the show about a week before it was held. All other permissions were in place and the Directorate of Cultural Affairs found nothing objectionable in the script submitted by OML,” the officer said.
OML, however, is alleged to have submitted the script of a month-old event called ‘The Royal Turds 2014’ while seeking permission, though AIB used a completely different one for the roast.
“We have also spoken to a few more OML employees about why a wrong script was submitted. In the coming days, we will also speak to senior OML executives to seek an explanation,” the officer said.
The police is probing AIB, OML and a host of film personalities for hurting religious sentiments after a local court directed it to file an FIR last month.
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