Bombay High Court grants anticipatory bail to Govinda in 1997 defamation case

Govinda had approached the Bombay High Court over the legal issue of the song 'Ek Chumma Tu Mujhko Udhaar De De' from film 'Chote Sarkar'.

The Bombay High Court on Friday granted anticipatory bail to Bollywood actor Govinda against whom a proclamation had been issued by a Jharkhand court on February 6. The court said that in the event of his arrest, he will be let out on bail immediately with a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and one surety.

Govinda had approached the Bombay High Court over the legal issue of the song 'Ek Chumma Tu Mujhko Udhaar De De' from film 'Chote Sarkar'.

The film had released in 1996 and it was in 1997 that a case was registered by a lawyer under Section 294 (obscene acts and songs), Section 500 (punishment for defamation) and 502 (sale of printed or engraved substance containing defamatory matter) of the Indian Penal Code.

CASE DETAILS:

1. The actor while filing the application against his arrest in the Bombay High Court said that the case has been registered only to humiliate and malign his reputation by having him arrested.

2. The case was registered at Pakur district of Jharkhand in 1997 when it was part of Bihar.

3. Govinda in his application said that he had only acted in the film and that he was not a lyricist or the writer of the song. He also added that the lyrics or content of the song were not at all defamatory or obscene and there was no intention of defaming any community, cast, region, sect or society.

4. Govinda apprehended arrest in the case after a magistrate court at Pakur issued a proclamation notice directing him to appear before it on the next date of hearing on March 6. Now, Govinda will not have to be present on the hearing.

5. His lawyer Amogh told the court that the actor did not know about all these things happening in the Jharkhand court as there had been no intimation until police reached his house on February 27 when Govinda was not present.

6. Govinda latest film 'Aagaya Hero' is releasing on March 16 and his friend Baba Dubey, who was also present in the court, said that this was a huge relief for the actor as he had to promote his film right now.

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