Delhi High Court hears plea against Netflix’s ‘Sacred Games’ that allegedly defames Rajiv Gandhi

The petition contends that the show “incorrectly depicts historical events of the country like the Bofors case, the Shah Bano case, the Babri Masjid case and communal riots”.

July 11, 2018 04:40 pm | Updated 11:14 pm IST - New Delhi

A scene from Netflix series “Sacred Games”. Photo: Special Arrangement

A scene from Netflix series “Sacred Games”. Photo: Special Arrangement

A petition moved before the Delhi High Court on Wednesday has sought removal of scenes and dialogues derogatory to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the Netflix series Sacred Games .

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar allowed the petition to be listed during the day, after the petitioner made a urgent mention before the bench.However the Acting Chief Justice later recused from hearing it without assigning any reason. The petition is likely to be heard by a different bench on Thursday.

The plea has sought directions to Netflix Entertainment, Phantom Films Production Ltd and the Centre to ensure removal of the allegedly offensive scenes and remarks made directly or indirectly against the former Prime Minister or his family. The plea alleged that the series, “incorrectly depicts historical events of the country”.

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