Calcutta HC Stays Probe Over FB Post Containing Lord Krishna’s ‘Intimate’ Portrait with Radha

Debangana Ray

Published on August 10, 2022 at 22:40 IST

A student has moved Calcutta HC against the registration of an FIR due to a facebook post made by him containing a portrait depicting an intimate scene of Lord Krishna and Radha.

The Justice Shampa Sarkar prima facie contended that criminal complaint did not disclose a cognizable offence and that the registration of FIR curtailed the right to freedom of speech under Article 19 (1)(g) of the constitution of India. The Court stated as it stayed the investigation for 3 months:

“This post is a portrait and the artist has remarked that the love was the essence of Janmasthami.”

“The registration of the FIR, in the prima facie view of the Court, amounts to curtailment of the right to freedom of speech under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India, and also the liberty of the petitioner.”

“The complaint was filed an apprehension that the post may hurt religious sentiments, although the said picture is available publicly at art galleries and in different illustrated and translated version of Geet Govinda.

Before, arriving upon any decision, the Court posted the matter for further hearing on November 1.

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