Arrest warrant against Ekta Kapoor, mother over portrayal of soldiers in web series

The court issued the warrant after they failed to appear as per the summons

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A Bihar Court has issued an arrest warrant against film producer and director Ekta Kapoor and her mother Shobha Kapoor for allegedly insulting soldiers and hurting the sentiments of their family members in a web series. 

The court in Bihar's Begusarai issued the warrant on Wednesday after Ekta and her mother failed to appear as per the summons. The judge Vikas Kumar issued the warrant on the basis of a complaint lodged by Shambhu Kumar, an ex-serviceman and a resident of Begusarai.

In his complaint, he alleged that Ekta's web series featured several objectionable scenes related to a soldier's wife. 

"The series was aired on ALTBalaji, an OTT platform owned by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms Limited. Shobha Kapoor is also associated with Balaji Telefilms," said Hrishikesh Pathak, the advocate of Kumar.

"The court had issued summons to them (Kapoors) and asked them to appear before it in connection with the matter. They, however, informed the court that certain scenes in the series were removed after the objection. But they did not appear before the court following which the warrant was issued against them," Pathak added. 

According to media reports, earlier also cases were registered against Ekta in several places based on her web series. An FIR was registered against her in Indore for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments and insulting the Army personnel. In 2020, FIR was lodged against Ekta under several sections including the IPC and IT Act. 

(With inputs from PTI)