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SSR case: To keep Corona and media away, remand pleas via video-link

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Sushant Singh Rajput

In a significant order, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) at Esplanade Court has ordered that all remand applications in the cases related to the Sushant Singh Rajput matter be conducted only through video-conference, officials said here on Monday.

The order was issued on Sunday (Sep. 6) by in-Charge CMM Tejali T. Dande, citing the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and also “past experience” pertaining to maintaining law and order in such high-profile cases with huge media interest.

“With immediate effect, any accused related to the ‘Sushant Singh Rajput case’ remand will be carried through video-conferencing only,” said Acting CMM Dande’s order, with a list of modalities to be adhered to.

Lawyer Satish Maneshinde, representing actress Rhea Chakraborty in the Sushant case, welcomed the order, terming the behaviour of the media as “horrendous”.

One accused in the Goa matter of the case has tested Covid positive, he said. Even if any person is not accused or facing serious charges, there are possibilities of them getting infected by Coronavirus.

The Acting CMM has ordered that the video-link in such cases will be created by the CMM office which will be shared confidentially with the concerned investigating agency.

The Narcotics Control Bureau and any other probe agency will arrange for all the necessary hardware and internet connections to ensure smooth video-conferencing.

The video-links shall be provided to the Public Prosecutors and the defence lawyers who will not disclose the same though they have the option to make a personal appearance.

However, if the public prosecutor or the accused’s lawyers decide to appear in person, only two juniors will be permitted to accompany them.

The Acting CMM also directed that all remand case papers can be submitted either in person or online via email.

The NCB or any other agency will also arrange to conduct the Covid-19 tests of the accused in their premises to prevent the time lost in the to-and-fro trips to hospital and the resultant law and order issues, she added.

The CMM office has also informed the Bombay High Court, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, the NCB Zonal Director and other top officials of its decision.

In the past, there have been a few occasions when video-conferencing has been taken up in certain important cases in view of the security concerns of the accused besides the hordes of media-persons who throng courts and public places to cover such high-profile cases.

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Arshi Khan on new web series: ‘It’s a double-meaning show but also a fun title’

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Actress Arshi Khan is out exploring her comic side in the OTT space and she is aware her new show comes with loads of double meaning.

Arshi is seen trying her hand at comedy in the web series “Mary Aur Marlow”. She stars opposite Akshay Mishra in the series that revolves around Mary and Marlow, where Mary (Arshi) ends up becoming a sexpert for grassroot level people who cannot afford to go to the doctor or specialist.

Since Mary’s Hindi is not up to the mark, Akshay, who plays Marlow, helps her communicate with the people she sets out to help. However, when he tries using ‘shudh’ Hindi, it leads to unintentional double meaning language.

From the trailer and title, it is not surprisingly evident that the show has a lot of double-meaning dialogues.

“It’s a double-meaning show but I think ‘Mary Aur Marlow’ is also a fun title. After hearing the title, people think it will have bold content but when they watch it, they will realise it’s a fun show, which has a lot of comic scenes,” Arshi told IANS in a telephonic interview.

Reacting to the government’s decision, to put all digital media portals, including online news and Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regulation, Arshi said: “The government should definitely regulate digital platforms because nowadays there are a lot of web series that are showing vulgar content and people of any age group can access the internet. So, the government surely needs to keep an eye on them.”

Arshi feels she has a good comic timing. “I never find it difficult to do comedy on screen because I feel my comic timing is really good, so I like to act in shows which have comic content,” Arshi said.

“I had a really nice experience shooting for this series and I had a lot of fun working with (director) Anirudh (Kumar) while we were shooting for it. We have released just one episode of the show and I hope the audience will have a lot more fun watching the next episodes,” she added about the show, currently streaming on Big Movie Zoo App.

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