As it was earlier reported, Ashwini Dhir, the Director and Producer of Sab TV’s popular comedy show ‘Lapataganj’ was been arrested by the cops in Ludhiana.
The reason of arrest is episode telecast on his SAB TV show Lapataganj on Rishi Valmiki, two years back allegedly landed the producer in trouble. The story hurt the sentiments of a community who are a part the Valmiki Samaj in Ludhiana. The show joked about their God and their beliefs following which Ashwini was sent a number of legal notices by them. With no response from his end, the cops from Ludhiana came down to Mumbai on 29 July and arrested him from Filmcity.
Ashwini was apparently booked under section 295 (A) of the IPC which relates to injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult religion or class.
Ashwini was said to be initially produced in the Bandra court on 29 July where the Punjab police obtained permission to take the renowned producer to Ludhiana to be tried.
His close associate and production team tried really hard to get the producer-director out on bail.
According to source, Ashwini is finally out on bail.
Informs a source: “Ashwini applied for bail and his plea was accepted on 1 August. He is back in Mumbai focusing on the wrap up of Lapataganj which is scheduled to go off-air on 15 August. He is also concentrating on the functioning of his other venture Chidiya Ghar on the same channel. He is out but as and when summoned by the Ludhiana court, he would have to appear before the law.”
The director-producer was unavailable for the comment.
Ashwini has also directed successful Bollywood movies namely Atithi Tum Kab Jayoge and Son of Sardaar.