Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said his government would act against organisers of the controversial comedy show AIB Knockout if it had violated any law.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

“If the programme was vulgar and was in violation of law, then action will be taken against the organisers,” Fadnavis told reporters in Kolhapur.

The AIB Knockout was a comic ‘roast’, also called ‘insult comedy’, featuring actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and organised by AIB in December 2014 at Worli in south-central Mumbai.

The show went viral on a social networking site with over four million views in less than four days. A first information report (FIR) was filed on Monday for the use of obscene and filthy language on the show.

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.

On Monday, 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.


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Action will be taken if AIB Knockout violated laws, says Maharashtra CM Fadnavis