Mumbai police have filed an FIR against the comedy group AIB on Friday for posting “offensive content” on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The FIR was registered after a meme posted by the comedy group on its social media accounts allegedly insulting Modi attracted a lot of criticism from PM supporters.
The first investigation report of cyber police said the group used PM Modi's picture ‘in a derogatory manner'.
AIB deleted the memes from its social media accounts on Thursday after it realized that the joke did not go down well with Modi fans.
According to reports, the AIB has been charged with defamation. They have also been charged under the IT Act with a punishment up to three years in jail and Rs. 5 lakh fine.
Police said that the First Information Report was filed by the cyber cell after "due legal consultation".
AIB had posted a picture of PM Modi's look-alike spotted at a railway station in Kerala along with another image of Modi with a Snapchat dog filter on Twitter and Facebook. The photograph with the caption #wanderlust was basically intended to create a joke around Modi's foreign tours.
A twitter war has been triggered between Modi supporters and others over the meme.
Meanwhile, AIB’s Tanmay Bhat said that the group will continue its works and will delete it if needed. “Will continue making jokes. And deleting if necessary. And making jokes again. And Apologizing if necessary. Don't care what you think.”, he said in a tweet.