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No moral policing on AIB Roast: Maharashtra Culture Minister

After announcing an inquiry into a comedy show featuring filmmaker Karan Johar and actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh for obscene language and content, the Maharashtra Government has said that it will only check if AIB had secured appropriate clearances.

Also, Maharashtra Culture Minister Vinod Tawde said the government does not intend to do any ‘moral policing’.

“On #AIBRoast, will only enquire if the AIB had taken appropriate certificate. No moral policing… If they are allowed by law, I can’t stop them,” Tawde tweeted.

Yesterday, Tawde had told reporters that “officials of the Culture Department will examine the (AIB show) videos for the content. If found vulgar, an action will be initiated.”

The minister had announced the inquiry following a police probe into a complaint against the participants for allegedly using “filthy and abusive language” during the event called AIB Knockout, a comedy show, held in December last year at Worli here (the videos of the show were uploaded on YouTube recently).

According to the written complaint by Akhilesh Tiwari, president of Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha in Mumbai, filed at Sakinaka police station yesterday, Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, along with other performers, had allegedly passed abusive and offensive remarks against one another and at the audience present there, police said.

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