AIB Roast Case

All India Bakchod (AIB) was a popular comedy group which disbanded in 2019 due to various controversies that came to light during the #MeToo Movement. In 2015, AIB held a roast (a comedy event where a celebrity is mocked) involving Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in a stadium in December 2014 and later uploaded the video on YouTube. After a police complaint in Pune, the group took down the YouTube video.

Advocate Abha Singh, who is has been a Womens’ Rights crusader, observed that the Roast, which was being circulated on public platforms, reeked of misogyny. She said in her press statement that the show was 'pre-scripted' and ‘vulgar’, ‘obscene’ and ‘pornographic’. She also raised the issue in her Complaint that the AIB Roast could not be justified under the argument of ‘Free Speech’ because the current law does not allow for such obscene speech. Such obscenity vitiates the sense of decency and decorum that exists in a society.

Initially, the police at Tardeo Police Station refused to register the FIR against the 14 people that took part in the roast. This included actors Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Karan Johar. The FIR was registered only after Advocate Abha Singh arrived at the Tardeo Police Station, armed with a Court Order, asking the police to file an FIR. The Police were left with no choice but to register a case.



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Right to Dissent PIL

In April, 2018, the Mumbai Police had denied Advocate Abha Singh the use of loud speakers at her Carter Road agitation for the Kathua rape victim in Jammu. Viewing this as a violation of her fundamental right to protest under Article 19, she filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court against such unlawful denial of permission by the Police.

The Bombay High Court agreed with Advocate Abha Singh’s submissions and said that demonstrations and dissent are the backbone of a democracy. The court held that the “use of loudspeaker is permissible within city limits subject to applicable decibel limits and timings stipulated by rules” including the Noise Pollution Rules and the Petitioner will have the right to use loudspeakers in accordance with the law and relevant rules.



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Basement PIL (Dosti Acres Landslide)

In June, 2018, a landslide took place in the Dosti Acres compound, a housing complex in Wadala, during the monsoon. The cause of the landslide was the excessive excavation done by the Builder for the basement of the building. Considering the damage caused by the Dosti Acres incident, and the threat posed by indiscriminate excavations for basements, Advocate Abha Singh filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Bombay High Court.

 

In the PIL she challenged an Amendment made to the Development Control Regulation (DCR) Rules in 2012 to allow multi-level basement parking. The Amendment allowed the developer to not only have up to five floors of basement parking, but also to utilise the entire plot for it. As a result, the developer dug the entire plot, leaving a paltry 1.5 metre wall from the adjoining plot. In the Dosti Acres incident, the wall was not reinforced due to which, when rainwater percolated the ground, the mud below Llyod Estate driveway got dislodged and the landslide occurred.The earlier DCR Rules restricted basement parking to two levels and twice the plinth area. Abha Singh alleged that the BMC made the amendments to the basement law to suit Builders by deleting depth, basement area and open space limits.

 

In response to the PIL, the Bombay High Court issued notices to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Urban Development department for unconstitutional amendments to the Basement Rules, which led to the Dosti Acres landslide. The Bombay High Court directed that a panel be constituted to implement the suggestions made by IIT Bombay after a study on the collapse.



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Disability PIL

Moved by the prevailing indifference towards the rights of the disabled, Advocate Abha Singh filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Bombay High Court over the lack of wheelchair access and other facilities for the disabled in buildings in Mumbai. Abha Singh asserted that establishments flouting disability rights cannot be issued a Completion Certificate according to Rule 41 of the Development Control Regulations for Greater Bombay (1991) and provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (2016), which mandate that all public and private establishments must have accessible facilities to ensure participation of disabled persons in community life.

The PIL had reverberating effects as buildings were compelled to provide disabled persons with the necessary facilities. Various restaurants, hotels, ATM’s, etc across the city installed ramps for the disabled in the aftermath of this PIL, which has resulted in making the city more inclusive and disabled friendly.



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Pancham Pyao Demolition Case

The BMC was set out to demolish the Puncham Pyao opposite Bombay Gymkhana. For decades the Puncham Pyao water fountain has satisfied the thirst of the pedestrians and provided the citizens with great relief. The BMC wanted to relocate it as it considered it to be an obstruction on the footpath.

Advocate Abha Singh, representing the Pancham NGO, told the Court that as per the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee Report, Puncham Pyao is not the only structure obstructing the pedestrians. The report mentions the removal/relocation of all these structures, but BMC was only relocating Pancham Pyao and not the rest. This was an arbitrary exercise of authority of the BMC.

Upon hearing these arguments, the court passed an order restraining the BMC from demolishing Pancham Pyao and the citizens continue to quench their thirst free of cost.



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PIL in Bombay High Court over poor conditions of sewage cleaning workers

The PIL filed by advocate Abha Singh asked about the Mumbai Municipal Corporation for details of number of sewage workers who have died while manually scavenging the city.

However, the RTI reply that she received was that no deaths happened in Mumbai because the sewage lines were manually cleaned up.

Abha Singh then noted that there were a few deaths reported in media about death of sewage cleaners in neighbouring districts of Palghar and Thane.

 

This according to the PIL indicated, "that the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 (PEMSR Act, 2013) and the rules made thereunder (PEMSR Rules, 2013) are not being complied with. Hence this Petition seeks issuance of urgent writs to ensure that the right to life of sewage workers is protected and those found violating the law are brought to justice."



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