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Supreme Court stays all criminal actions against internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier for wink song



The Supreme Court (SC) today stayed all criminal proceedings against teenage actress Priya Prakash Varrier for the ‘wink song’, against which some Muslim groups had lodged FIRs. The top court also said no FIR can be lodged in future in any state against Varrier for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.

On Tuesday, the SC agreed to an urgent hearing of a petition by the teenage Malayalam actress who’s seeking the quashing of FIRs lodged against her and film makers for a song that some groups feel offends the religious sentiments of Muslims.

The actress who won millions of hearts with her expressions in the song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ in the yet to be completed Malayalam film ‘ Oru Adaar Love ‘, moved the Supreme Court+ on Monday.

In the10 days since its release on social media platforms, the ‘wink’ song – as it’s being called – notched up a record 34 million views. But soon, it turned into a nightmare as the 18-year-old BCom student found an FIR lodged against her and the filmmakers at Falaknuma police station in Hyderabad. The FIR alleged that the song had hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims.

Two more FIRs – one by the secretary of Raza Academy with Mumbai Police and another by Janjagran Samithi at Jinsi police station in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad – forced Priya Prakash Varrier, director Omar Abdul Wahab and producer Joseph Valakuzhy Eapen to move the SC through advocate Beeran. They invoked artists’ fundamental right to speech and expression and sought quashing of the FIRs.

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