Priya Prakash Varrier has invoked Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression under the India Constitution and has moved the Supreme court of India to quash all the FIRs that has been lodged against her.
The Supreme Court of India may hear her today. The teenage actress won millions of hearts by her 'wink' in the song 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi' in the yet to be completed Malayalam film ' Oru Adaar Love ' before FIRs were lodged against her for allegedly offending religious sentiments.
The first FIR was filed at Falaknuma police station in Hyderabad. Two more FIRs followed -one by the secretary of Raza Academy with Mumbai Police and another by Janjagran Samithi at Jinsi police station in Maharashtra's Aurangabad. Once the FIRs were registered by the police, Priya, director Omar Abdul Wahab and producer Joseph Valakuzhy Eapen moved to appealing to the Supreme Court through advocate Haris Beeran. They invoked artists' fundamental right to speech and expression and sought quashing of all the FIRs. The petitioners said 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi', a Muslim folk song of Malabar region of Kerala, was written in 1978 by PMA Jabbar which has been in existence for the past 40 years, which was written, sung and cherished by the Muslim community in Kerala.
According to ANI, the Apex court of India is likely to hear the plea today. Watch this space for updates on the case.