A PIL has been filed by Dr Sharmila Ghuge, a law teacher at Jitendra Chauhan College of Law, Mumbai seeking directions to the authorities to take action against the organisers of stand-up comedy show – AIB Knockout, and sought that guidelines be framed to ensure regulating and controlling of such shows. (Check Legally India’s post for details on the PIL).

Court Bombay High Court
Case Dr. Sharmila W/O. Sandesh Ghuge V/S The State Of Maharashtra And Ors.
Case No. Criminal PIL No. 6 of 2015
Petitioner Dr. Sharmila Ghuge
  • State of Maharashtra
  • Commissioner of Police
  • Union of India
  • Justice VM Kanade
  • Justice Revati Mohite-Dere
Intervention Application Intervention Application No. ____ of 2015All India Bakchod v. Dr. Sharmila w/o Sandesh Ghuge & Ors.

10 February 2015download-order

Since AIB was not a party to the PIL, it had filed an intervention application for being impleaded as a party. High Court directed the Maharashtra government and  Information & Broadcasting Ministry, to file its reply. It also allowed AIB to intervene and reply to the allegations made in the plea.

Application for intervention filed by All India Bakchod (AIB) is allowed. Petitioners are directed to add the interveners as party respondents. Amendment to be carried out within two weeks. Petitioner to serve the respondents by private service. Intervener may file a reply. State also may file their reply before the next date. Copy
of the reply be served in advance.

Stand over to 3rd March, 2015. To be listed on the supplementary board.

3 March 2015download-order

Senior Counsel Mahesh Jethmalani, appaering for AIB, submitted before the Court that the PIL raises issues related to certain sections of Information Technology Act 2000 which was also the subject matter of Writ Petition (Cri.) No. 167 of 2012 – Shreya Singal v. Union of India before the Supreme Court, where the judgment has reserved by the Supreme Court. In light of this, the High Court adjourned the matter to 31 March, 2015.