On May 5, the Delhi High Court refused to grant an interim injunction on a case filed against Netflix for a monologue in the TV show Hasmukh where the show's protagonist rails against lawyers in a stand-up act after murdering one. The suit, filed by lawyer Ashutosh Dubey, accused Netflix and Hasmukh's creators of defaming lawyers at large. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said in his order that Dubey "has not been able to even show any personal injury or violation of any right entitling him to grant of any injunction". Netflix declined to comment; the main case is still ongoing even as the judge refuses to block access to the show without hearing the case further. "We file appeal against the order [sic], such statements especially kanoon ke thekedar [guardians of law] and Rapist are blot on the noble profession," Dubey told MediaNama. Lawyers not a class of persons that can be defamed Justice Sachdeva said in his order, "Given the vast diversity in the class, the words used to describe a class would not reasonably lead persons acquainted with the Plaintiff to believe that he was the person referred to." Netflix's legal team, which included Amit Sibal and a team from Saikrishna & Associates, argued that there was a lot of precedent of courts throwing out cases defaming lawyers as a group. In fact, Shah Rukh Khan himself was involved in such a case. In 1998, a criminal case was filed against Khan because of a line in his film Ram Jaane:…
- Indian crypto exchanges plan to collect identity details for crypto transfers to private wallets: Report June 3, 2023
- Jugalbandi, A Chatbot for Rural India by Microsoft and EkStep: What to Know and Think About? June 3, 2023
- Hopeful to See Action Against E-Pharmacies Selling Medicines Online Without Licenses: Pharmacy Body Writes to States and UTs June 3, 2023
- Meta to give advertisers more control using AI and content filters June 2, 2023
- Transparency Report: Here’s all Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google had to say about user complaints in April June 2, 2023
MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.
Is it safe to consider all "publicly available data" as public?
PhonePe launched an e-commerce buyer app for ONDC called Pincode. We, however, believe that it should also launch a seller app.
Amazon announced that it will integrate its logistics network and SmartCommerce services with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).
India's smartphone operating system BharOS has received much buzz in the media lately, but does it really merit this attention?
After using the Mapples app as his default navigation app for a week, Sarvesh draws a comparison between Google Maps and Mapples
Please subscribe to MediaNama. Don't share prints and PDFs.
You May Also Like
Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...
135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...
Twitter takes down tweets from MP, MLA, editor criticising handling of pandemic upon government request
By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...
Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...