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Sacred Games row: Delhi HC asks petitioner to justify PIL; Kolkata complaint withdrawn

The Delhi High Court has asked the petitioner who had filed a plea against the Netflix series Sacred Games to justify that the petition stands as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL). The advocate who filed the case on an individual capacity, Nikhil Bhalla, is associated with the Congress party, and the court therefore asked that this petition's validity as a public interest issue be justified. A lawyer close to the case told MediaNama that the petitioner's case would be hard to make if they are unable to justify why the case is being filed as a PIL. The next hearing, where petitioners will have to submit a written response to this question, will be on Thursday. The court also questioned why Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the actor who said the dialogues in question, was named as a respondent. "That's not done," a two-judge bench of Justices Chander Shekhar and Sanjiv Khanna said. The court also said that this case cannot be compared with lynchings based on false WhatsApp forwards, considering that the latter actually led to violence, and is completely different in nature. The case The Delhi High Court case was filed by advocate Nikhil Bhalla because of dialogues about former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. In one line, for instance, the character Ganesh Gaitonde calls Rajiv Gandhi a wimp in Hindi, which a previous version of the subtitles translated as 'pussy'. Bhalla petitioned for the scenes with such dialogue to be removed. Soon after that complaint, Congress president Rahul Gandhi — also the…

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