Free Expression

Sonakshi Sinha conspicuously missing from FIR against AIB Roast

Actors Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt have been listed in the police report against All India Bakchod's comedy event, but BJP member Shatrughan Sinha's daughter has been left out.

On Thursday, when the Mumbai police registered its first information report against All India Bakchod group’s comedy Roast event held in December, actor Sonakshi Sinha’s name was glaringly absent.

The FIR order, issued by a magistrate’s court in Mumbai, came after various right-wing groups and social activists took offence at the jokes shared between comedians and a clutch of Bollywood celebrities at the AIB Roast, a closed, ticketed event held at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai on January 20. Edited videos of the Roast went viral on YouTube at the end of January.

The FIR books 14 people under various charges of obscenity. The list includes AIB event organisers, NSCI president Jayantilal Shah, NSCI secretary general Ravinder Aggarwal and event participants Gursimran Khamba, Ashish Shakya, Rohan Joshi, Tanmay Bhatt, Aditi Mittal, Rajeev Masand, Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor.

Two Bollywood actors sitting in the audience were also named as the accused in the FIR – Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone. But Sonakshi Sinha, the third prominent actor who was also in the audience and had been included in several jokes during the Roast, has been conspicuously left out.

Famous father

Sonakshi Sinha is the daughter of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is currently with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. He was appointed the head of the BJP’s culture and arts department in 2006. Last month, Prime Minister Modi was a guest at the wedding of Sinha’s son Kussh.

While more names are likely to be brought in when the investigation into the AIB Roast is initiated, Twitter users wasted no time in pointing out Sonakshi’s absence from the FIR.


Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, whose daughter Alia is listed as an accused, also pointed out the obvious discrepancy, claiming Sonakshi Sinha was left out because she is the "daughter of a person who is part of the present dispensation".

On her part, Sonakshi Sinha said in a series of tweets to Mahesh Bhatt that she had been listed in FIRs filed in other places such as Delhi and Kolkata, even as Aliya Bhatt's name was not.  She added that her father had not intervened in those cases.

The charges

The list of acts and sections invoked against the 14 accused is long: they include sections under the Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy for putting up a vulgar and pornographic public performance that was pre-scripted and speaking vulgar, obscene and pornographic words in front of a large number of women), the Information Technology Act (putting the said show on the internet) and the Bombay Police Act (holding a vulgar public performance against the rules banning such shows).

More noticeably, they have also been charged under the Environment Protection Act for illegally using land in the Coastal Regulation Zone area for commercial purposes and Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, for using a space meant for sports events to put up a commercial, vulgar show.

We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

Some of the most significant innovations in automotive history made their debut in this iconic automobile

The latest version features India's first BS VI norms-compliant engine and a host of 'intelligent' features.

The S-Class, also known as Sonderklasse or special class, represents Mercedes Benz’ top-of-the-line sedan line up. Over the decades, this line of luxury vehicles has brought significant automotive technologies to the mainstream, with several firsts to its credit and has often been called the best car in the world. It’s in the S-Class that the first electronic ESP and ABS anti-lock braking system made their debut in the 20th century.

Twenty first-century driver assistance technologies which predict driver-behaviour and the vehicle’s course in order to take preventive safety measures are also now a staple of the S-Class. In the latest 2018 S-Class, the S 350 d, a 360-degree network of cameras, radars and other sensors communicate with each other for an ‘intelligent’ driving experience.

The new S-Class systems are built on Mercedes Benz’s cutting-edge radar-based driving assistance features, and also make use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behaviour. In cities and on other crowded roads, the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC helps maintain the distance between car and the vehicle in front during speeds of up to 210 kmph. In the same speed range, Active Steering Assist helps the driver stay in the centre of the lane on stretches of straight road and on slight bends. Blind Spot Assist, meanwhile, makes up for human limitations by indicating vehicles present in the blind spot during a lane change. The new S-Class also communicates with other cars equipped with the Car-to-X communication system about dicey road conditions and low visibility due to fog, rain, accidents etc. en route.

The new S-Class can even automatically engage the emergency system when the driver is unable to raise an alarm. Active Emergency Stop Assist brings the car to a stop if it detects sustained periods of inactivity from the driver when Active Steering Assist is switched on. If the driver doesn’t respond to repeated visual and audible prompts, it automatically activates the emergency call system and unlocks the car to provide access to first responders.

The new Mercedes-Benz S 350 d in India features another notable innovation – the country’s first BS VI norms-compliant car engine, in accordance with government regulations to control vehicular pollution. Debuting two years before the BS VI deadline of 2020, the S 350 d engine also remains compatible with the current BS IV fuels.

The S 350 d is an intelligent car made in India, for Indian roads - in the Mercedes Benz S-Class tradition. See the video below to know what drives the S-Class series by Mercedes Benz.

To know more about the 2018 S-Class, click here.


This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Mercedes Benz and not by the Scroll editorial team.