No Pre-Screening Of Netflix Bad Boy Billionaires For Mehul Choksi, Says Delhi High Court

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“Dangerous Boy Billionaires”: Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi are accused within the PNB rip-off

New Delhi:

Fugitive diamond service provider Mehul Choksi’s plea to pre-screen the Netflix documentary “Dangerous Boy Billionaires” on corruption by India’s tycoons has been dismissed by the Delhi Excessive Courtroom. Mr Choksi can, nevertheless, file a civil go well with if he nonetheless needs to pursue the matter, Justice Navin Chawla stated after a two-hour listening to as we speak.

“In my view, a writ petition for enforcement of a non-public will not be maintainable. The suitable treatment can be civil go well with because the alleged infringement is of a non-public proper. The petition is dismissed. The petitioner is at liberty to boost the difficulty in a non-public civil go well with,” Justice Chawla stated.

The documentary is scheduled to be launched in India on September 2. Netflix’s attorneys stated Mr Choksi’s plea for a pre-screening was “wholly misconceived” and “mischievous”.

Alongside along with his nephew Nirav Modi, Mr Choksi is accused of dishonest Punjab Nationwide Financial institution of as much as Rs 13,500 crore. Each fled India earlier than the case blew up and have by no means returned.

The Netflix promo for the movie says, “This investigative docuseries explores the greed, fraud and corruption that constructed up – and finally introduced down – India’s most notorious tycoons”.

Neeraj Kishan Kaul and Dayan Krishnan, representing Netflix, stated Mr Choksi is a “declared absconder and fugitive” and permitting pre-screening to him shall be “freezing of free speech”.

Mr Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal stated his shopper has a proper to honest trial, which shouldn’t be prejudiced with the discharge of the documentary, and objected to Netflix’s lawyer calling Mr Choksi a fugitive.

“I’m not a fugitive. There’s a keep order working in my favour by the Bombay Excessive Courtroom. They’ve referred to as me a fugitive 100 occasions on this listening to they usually have misinformed the courtroom. I urge the courtroom to preview the collection and defend me (Mr Choksi),” Mr Aggarwal stated on behalf of his shopper.

He threatened that Netflix, an American firm, has to respect Indian legal guidelines and the Structure or it could possibly be banned like Chinese language apps.

Extra Solicitor Common Chetan Sharma and the centre’s counsel Ajay Digpaul, representing the Electronics and Info Know-how Ministry, stated there is no such thing as a statutory mandate to control or evaluation excessive (OTT) content material.

Giving a quick concerning the collection, Netflix’s attorneys stated it features a story a couple of diamond tycoon who travelled to London along with his uncle, after which the Punjab Nationwide Financial institution rip-off broke out. The lawyer stated just one or two interviews of Mr Choksi to the media are within the collection and simply two minutes are dedicated to him.

There is no such thing as a reference to any trial happening about Mr Choksi or him being associated to any case allegedly involving Nirav Modi, the Netflix lawyer stated. “If pre-screening is allowed, will probably be a type of censorship. Free speech will not be solely what a journalist writes, additionally it is the suitable of a citizen to know what is going on,” he stated.

With inputs from PTI

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