Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has recently instructed Mumbai Police to take legal action against stand-up comedian Agrima Joshua for her remarks on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Taking to Twitter, Deshmukh wrote, “I ve instructed CP Mumbai and IG Cyber to take legal action expeditiously ..I urge everyone to maintain calm and law will take its course.”
I ve instructed CP Mumbai and IG Cyber to take legal action expeditiously ..I urge everyone to maintain calm and law will take its course. https://t.co/laFCARvKUC
— ANIL DESHMUKH (@AnilDeshmukhNCP) July 11, 2020
For those who don’t know, Joshua’s old video, in which she cracked jokes on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s upcoming statue in the Arabian Sea, surfaced on the internet.
Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik on Friday had demanded the arrest of the stand-up comedian for her comments. In a letter to Deshmukh, he had demanded strict legal action against Joshua.
He also posted a video and said, “I saw the video and I feel she doesn’t have respect for Shivaji Maharaj or she doesn’t know about him. He also warned that if she was using Shivaji Maharaj’s name to earn money, the Maharashtra Yuvati Sena/Mahila Aghadi will not tolerate it. “If you need, you can take information about Maharaj from Shiv Bhakts. The Hindutvavadi Janata will not tolerate it,” he said.
छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांचा अवमान करणाऱ्या मुजोर कॉमेडियन अग्रीमा जोशुआला ताबडतोब अटक करण्यासंदर्भात मी गृहमंत्री मा. श्री. @AnilDeshmukhNCP यांना पत्र लिहिले आहे. आपण या विषयांची अत्यंत गंभीर दखल घेऊन असल्या विकृत कॉमेडियन ला अटक करून कडक कायदेशीर कारवाई करावी अशी माझी मागणी आहे. pic.twitter.com/AGuzgYpmtR
— Pratap Sarnaik (@PratapSarnaik) July 10, 2020
However, comedian Joshua on Friday evening had apologized for hurting the sentiments of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s followers and said that video was taken down.
I am sorry for having hurt the sentiments of the many followers of the great leader Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. My heartfelt apologies to followers of the great leader, who I sincerely respect. The video has already been taken down. Please amplify.
— Agrima Joshua 🇮🇳 (@Agrimonious) July 10, 2020
For the uninitiated, in the one minute seven seconds video that went viral, Joshua is seen cracking jokes on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s upcoming statue in the Arabian Sea.