SC remits 'Karishma' case back to Calcutta HC

NEW DELHI May 22. The Supreme Court while continuing the stay of telecast of a mega serial, ``Karishma — A Miracle of Destiny'' by Sahara TV channel, remitted the case filed by the New York-based novelist, Barbara Taylor Bradford, back to the Calcutta High Court.

A vacation Bench, comprising Justice N. Santosh Hegde and Justice Shivaraj V. Patil, while transferring the case to the single judge of the High Court, said the May 12 interim order of the single Judge restraining telecast of the serial would continue till the disposal of the matter by the High Court.

The novelist had moved the High Court alleging that the serial was based on her popular novel, ``Woman of Substance'' but the channel had not obtained any permission from her to air the serial.

The Bench also set aside a Division Bench order of the High Court passed on the same day permitting the telecast. However, it kept pending a contempt petition filed by Ms. Bradford alleging that by telecasting the first episode on May 12, the channel had committed contempt of court. But further episodes were stopped.

Earlier on May 14, the apex court, while staying all proceedings before the High Court, had restrained the TV channel from telecasting the serial till the disposal of the SLP. But subsequently, the channel filed an application on May 19 that the matter be remitted back to the High Court for disposal. Accordingly by consent of parties, the Bench remitted the case back to the single Judge asking him to dispose of the matter as expeditiously as possible.

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