All India Bakchod in legal trouble over Narendra Modi meme as cyber crime cell lodges FIR
Out of the hundreds of jokes they crack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, All India Bakchod (AIB) have come under the scanner for their latest one, which shows a Modi lookalike waiting at a railway station and using the dog filter on Snapchat, along with #Wanderlust.
This dig at Modi's multiple foreign visits invited the ire of trolls who not only lambasted the comedy group but also asked the Mumbai police to take action against them. Mumbai police, who were recently criticised for laughing off a woman's complaint of a man masturbating in a local train, responded promptly by claiming that they will forward the complaint to cyber police.
— Reetesh Maheshwari (@Reetesh777) July 12, 2017
So Mumbai police laughs off a woman's complaint that a man masturbated at her, but thinks AIB's jokes are serious enough to take action? https://t.co/IyYkjRewc8 — Zehra Kazmi (@ArhezImkaz) July 13, 2017
Now, NDTV reports that after due legal consultation, the cyber cell has lodged an FIR against AIB for defamation and posting offensive content on social media under the IT act, an offence for which the punishment is a fine of Rs five lakh and up to three years of imprisonment. AIB, who are already in neck-deep legal trouble owing to the infamous AIB Roast, deleted the tweet. This backtracking was met with equal amount of criticism, particularly from Congress leaders who dubbed the comedy group as 'coward' and 'hypocrite'. They questioned for firing countless shots at Congress over the years but refraining from making fun of Modi and the BJP.
At least not COWARD & Hypocrite like you all at AIB. Relax, Rohan! The rhetoric isn't going to build a spine for you. Please keep crawling! https://t.co/vaKhu21Dbg — Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) July 13, 2017
Tanmay Bhat and Rohan Joshi, members of AIB, responded to the Congress leaders by making fun of their losing relevance. Bhat clarified that while he will withdraw such tweets to save himself from legal trouble, he will continue to make similar jokes.
As I said in the morning. Your intentions matter the most. AIB's intention is not to make people laugh but to hurt. AIB will die eventually. https://t.co/QWcyWG05Cn — Maithun Kashmiri (@Being_Humor) July 12, 2017
Admit it that AIB deliberately posted that pic knowing that few will get angry and they can delete and later play victim, as usual. — Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) July 13, 2017
This is @AllIndiaBakchod style of FoE But why blame them when we have enough "Cool Dudes" in India who clap on such SHIT jokes pic.twitter.com/odEhiZTvoE — #GauravPradhan 🇮🇳 (@DrGPradhan) July 13, 2017
they made fun of sachin sir / Lata mam... so they think they r cool n they can do anything.. — Yogesh Singh Chauhan (@YCtwi) July 13, 2017
(Today's AIB saga TL;DR) AIB: Ye lo. Joke on Modi. BJP: WTF! REPORT! PUNISH! AIB: OK. Taking it down. Cong: WTF! REPORT! PUNISH! THE END — Meghnad (@Memeghnad) July 13, 2017
HI. YOU'VE REACHED THE TWITTER ACCOUNT OF ME. IF YOU'RE FROM A POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS OR SOCIAL GROUP PLEASE LEAVE AN OUTRAGE AFTER THE BEEP — Rohan (@mojorojo) July 13, 2017
You actually hold some responsibility. Waking up in the morning and trying to shame some comedians for deleting a meme. Ispe utar gaye ho. — Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017
PS: Will continue making jokes. And deleting if necessary. And making jokes again. And Apologizing if necessary. Don't care what you think. — Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) July 13, 2017