FIR against AIB for ‘meme on PM Modi’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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  • The Mumbai Police Cyber Cell on Friday registered an FIR against comedy group after they tweeted a post on PM Modi.
  • AIB tweeted on Wednesday a meme about Prime Minister Modi by using the Snapchat dog filter.

MUMBAI: The comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB), which had last year found itself at the centre of a controversy for its promoter Tanmay Bhat‘s “roast” on cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar, has just landed itself in trouble again.

The Mumbai Police Cyber Cell on Friday registered an FIR against the comedy group after it tweeted a post on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After AIB tweeted on Wednesday a meme about the PM by using the Snapchat dog filter, a Twitter user, Reetesh Maheshwari, wrote to the Mumbai police handle, calling the meme an “obnoxious prank” which ought to invite a legal action.

Maheshwari also wrote on the handle of the Mumbai police commissioner: “Pradhan Mantri keliye is taike ka behuda Mazak par @AllIndiaBakchod and @thetanmay par saktkarwayihonachahiye.” AIB later removed the tweet with the meme on the PM.

Bhat, a co-founder of AIB, defended the meme in a post on the group’s website and also took to Twitter to make his case, complaining about what he called “the lack of rational reasoning.”
Mumbai police had last year also received several complaints about the use of abusive language in an AIB show held in the city.

A court directed the police to file FIRs against the show’s organisers and prominent participants, citing a violation of the Indian Penal Code sections dealing with conspiracy and obscenity. A FIR was filed against 14 persons in Pune as well.

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