Karnataka

HC directs Netflix to block first episode of ‘Crime Stories: India Detectives’ series

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The High Court of Karnataka has directed Netflix Entertainment Services India LLP., to block streaming, broadcasting, telecasting, or otherwise making available the content of the first episode “A Murdered Mother” of the documentary series “Crime Stories: India Detectives” on its platform.

Justice B.M. Shyam Prasad passed the interim order on October 1 on a petition filed by Sridhar Rao S., a 28-year-old resident of the city, an alleged co-accused in the case of murder of 54-year-old Nirmala Chandrashekar, registered at K.R. Puram police in February last year.

It has been pointed out in the petition that the first episode in this series has content containing the visuals of the investigation by the police against the petitioner and another accused, Amrutha Chandrashekar.

It was alleged that Amrutha had killed her mother and attempted to kill her brother, and later fled to Andaman and Nicobar with the petitioner, who picked up her from in front of her house in the city during the early hours of February 2, 2020, to board a flight to Port Blair.

“The Netflix is streaming the recording of the petitioner, made by Minnow Films Ltd, on his custodial interrogations, custodial interview, and the derogatory statement made by police during the investigation in a manner which is against the law,” it has been alleged in the petition.

Contending that the petitioner is innocent as even Amrutha, in the statement to the police, has said that he was not involved in the crime, it has been contended in the petition that the episode has caused “a real and imminent threat of prejudice to the fairness of the trial and to the rights of the petitioner under Article 21 of the Constitution besides affecting his privacy.”

It has been alleged in the petition that the petitioner had noticed on the day he was arrested in February last year that “the police had authorised Ms. Claire Goodlass and her team from Minnow Films to video record all the instances and movement of the petitioner, and also interviewing various officials.”

“The petitioner was also video shot and forced to give his custodial statement without any authorization or permission, but later the police had forcefully taken a signature on a paper given by Minnow Films when the petitioner was in the police custody,” it has been claimed.

“Documentarians are duty bound to seek the truth and report it fairly and broadcast the documentary only after ensuring that all the facts are broadcast by hiding the identity of the individual involved,” it has been contended in the petition.


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