New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday orally observed that freedom of speech is not absolute during its hearing on pleas seeking stay on FIRs against actors and producers of Tandav web series on Amazon Prime.

Tandav filmmakers told the Supreme Court that there is 'nothing in the case now' as the 'so-called' religious content has been removed.

Senior advocate Fali Nariman, who was appearing for makers of the nine-series political thriller told the apex court 'that some objectionable contents were removed and apologies were made'. He added that nothing survives in the case now as the "so-called religious sentiments that hurt the people were removed.'

SC suggested the petitioners approach HC and added that the Police can file a closure report if apologies were made and content was removed. Senior advocate M Rohatgi, representing petitioners urged that the FIRs could be clubbed in Mumbai.

The petition by actor Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Amazon Prime Video (India) and makers of the web series seek protection from arrest and clubbing of several FIRs registered against them for allegedly hurting religious sentiments and telecasting 'objectionable content'.

The bench observed that the right to freedom of speech is not absolute and it is subjected to restrictions.

Senior advocates Fali S Nariman, Mukul Rohatgi and Siddharth Luthra cited the top court judgment in Arnab Goswami case to seek relief in the matter.