The Delhi High Court wanted to know whether he can hear the petition as a Public Interest petition, which has claimed that some scenes in the Netflix series ‘Sacred Games’ are outrageous to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and to be removed if needed. The bench of Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice Chandrashekhar asked the petitioner’s lawyer to present his plea on this. The bench wanted to know whether it is proficient to hearing as a PIL or not. July 19 has been fixed for the next hearing of the case. The bench said that he had seen the CD of the series presented by the petitioner and he did not find any immediate hearing in it because all the episodes have been broadcasted.
The court questioned how can the artists be held responsible for their role? The bench said that a person has the right to express his views, whether he is right or wrong. The court asked the petitioner to satisfy her how the court can intervene in this matter. The bench asked, “As far as Rajeev Gandhi is concerned, then what other comments or other material is there in the series? Do not need any CBFC certificate before broadcasting?
Got so many snacks ready for the game tonight, we just might outlast Trivedi.
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) July 15, 2018
The court is hearing on the petition of lawyer Nikhil Bhalla. The petition filed by advocate Shashank Garg has been argued that the historical events of the country like ‘Bofors case, Shah Bano case, Babri Masjid case and communal riots’ have been misinterpreted in the famous web-series–Sacred Games, star cast Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.’
BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right.
My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that.#SacredGames
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 14, 2018
On behalf of Netflix, senior lawyer Chandar Lal and Rajiv Nayyar from production house Phantom said that there are eight episodes in the series which have been broadcasted and they do not need a certificate from CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification). The petitioner’s lawyer told in the court that Bhalla was a member of the Congress, but he personally filed this petition and it is not a matter of personal interest. The petition has alleged that some scenes and dialogues in the program insult the departed Congress leader.
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) July 5, 2018
In the filed petition, Netflix Entertainment, program maker Phantom Films Production Limited, and the Center have been ordered to give this direction that the alleged abusive comments and scenes done directly or indirectly against former Prime Minister and his family should completely be removed. It has been said that in the first season of the program, there are eight episodes, which were broadcast on July 6 and these are Available in four languages in 190 countries in the world.