Madras HC bench in Madurai on Wednesday ordered notice to Indian cricket board chief N Srinivasan, Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor on a petition regarding alleged “uncensored and indecent” dance programmes during the IPL-V inaugural show in Chennai in April.
Justice A Selvam also ordered notice to Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla, American pop star Katy Perry, Australian cricketer and Chennai Super Kings member Douglas Bolinger and a Sony Set Max TV official.
Petitioner K Jebakumar, an advocate, alleged that the entire IPL inaugural show, held at the YMCA grounds in Chennai on April 3 and attended by women and children also, was “obscene and lascivious, appealing to prurient interest”.
In a petition, the advocate claimed that the actors, many other celebrities and dignitaries had committed offences under various IPC sections while participating in the inaugural ceremony of IPL-V at YMCA grounds in Chennai on Apr 3.
Citing the petition, Madras High Court bench in Madurai on Wednesday, Jul 18 sent notice to Indian cricket board (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan along with the above mentioned celebrities of Bollywood.
The petition also included the names of Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla, American pop star Katy Perry, Australian cricketer and Chennai Super Kings member Douglas Bolinger and a Sony Set Max TV official who also received the legal notice.
According to the petitioner, the dance and performances of the celebrities were “obscene and lascivious, appealing to the prurient interest”. The performance, video clippings and photographs of such dances and “uncensored” telecast allegedly had distracted students who were taking examinations at that time.
Chennai police also have been accused of not taking prompt actions following the complaints lodged by the advocate. Posting the case to Jul 31, the judge of the court slammed the police asking, “Why this inaction (on the complaint filed by the petitioner)?”