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Sacred Games: Actors not liable for dialogues, says Delhi High Court; Rahul hailed for stand

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Sacred Games: Actors not liable for dialogues, says Delhi High Court; Rahul hailed for stand

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Actors cannot be held liable for the dialogues they deliver, said the Delhi High Court on Monday, July 16, while hearing a plea filed against Netflix and its web series Sacred Games for allegedly defaming former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in an episode.

Meanwhile Rajiv Gandhi’s son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who said that he believed freedom of expression should not be policed, earned praise from co-director Anurag Kashyap and actor Swara Bhasker.

Hearing the case, the Delhi High Court asked whether an actor can be held liable for the dialogues and does it amount to defamation. The court was hearing a plea filed by Nikhil Bhalla seeking directions for the removal of offensive scenes and derogatory remarks about former PM Rajiv Gandhi and his family in the serial Sacred Games aired by Netflix.

“Why have you made the actor as a party to the case? Can we stop a viewpoint from being aired? Should we stall such a viewpoint from being aired? Shouldn’t the viewer make up his own point?” the high court bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar asked.

The lawyers appearing for Netflix told the bench that all eight episodes have already been aired and more aren’t planned as of now.

The bench asked the petitioner: “It is already on air. What do we stop?”

Petitioner submitted that there are two scenes where English translation has a different derogatory word. They have modified some but need to take out these scenes. It is a scene against a former PM for now, what happens next? Would these be the standards that are aired?

Bench questioned petitioner, can the court hear an issue of defamation in a PIL? This will have larger implication.

However, bench gave sometime to the petitioner to justify its locus in the petition while adjourning the hearing to Thursday, July 19.

Sacred Games is in the eye of storm for allegedly portraying Gandhi family in bad light. Emergency, Shah Bano moves by the Congress party have been featured in the series, inviting condemnation from some Congress leaders.

The series is based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 thriller novel of the same name and is produced by Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment’s Phantom Films joint venture. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan and Radhika Apte are in the lead roles.

After the plea was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking removal of certain scenes from “Sacred Games”, claiming that some of its content was derogatory to Rajiv Gandhi – and a police complaint filed by a Congress activist in Kolkata against the producers of the web series and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui over the issue – Rahul Gandhi tweeted on July 14 (Saturday): “BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right.

My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that.#SacredGames”[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]”That’s a yay,” said Mr Kashyap quoting Rahul Gandhi’s tweet.

Swara Bhasker also supported Rahul Gandhi, saying it is “gracious” how Rahul Gandhi is able to keep personal and national interests aside.

“It is impressive that a mainstream politician like @RahulGandhi is taking this clear and progressive stand on freedom of expression and censorship. Also it’s gracious and mature that he is able to set aside the personal for the larger goal of democratic rights. #CreditWhereDue,” Swara tweeted.

But director Madhur Bhandarkar reacted to the tweet too, posting a video, which he claimed was “a compilation of the harrowing experience” he faced around the release of his film ‘Indu Sarkar’ that had been seen to be critical of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi – Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother.

Bhandarkar alleged Congress party workers “tried to police & control my FOE (freedom of expression)”.

Amit Malviya, head of BJP’s IT cell replied to Madhur Bhandarkar’s tweet, saying Rahul Gandhi “is no champion of free speech”. In the tweet, he questioned the commitment to the freedom of expression of generations of Gandhi family members “from Nehru to Indira then Rajiv and most recently Sonia”, and ended by raking up unrelated topic to say Rajiv Gandhi’s “legacy of Bofors & Shah Bano are well known to the people of India”.

The complaints against Sacred Games serial have as of now, not been withdrawn yet, despite Rahul Gandhi’s tweet.

The first season of the show, comprising eight episodes, was released on July 6 and is available in 190 countries in four language.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Election Commission advises Bengal Governor to not visit Cooch Behar on voting day

The Election Commission advised the Bengal Governor to call off his proposed visit to Cooch Behar on April 19.

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West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose has been warned by the Election Commission of India (ECI) not to visit Cooch Behar on April 18 and 19, since the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls will begin with a silence period on Wednesday evening.

According to those familiar with the situation in the EC, the poll body informed the governor’s office that no local program could be planned for the governor on April 19 due to the Model Code of Conduct and the election day.

The poll body added that if they had to provide local security cover for this unexpected proposed visit without a imminently known requirement, the tour would be a diversion because the district administration and police force will be completely occupied with election management on April 18 and 19.

As a result, under Section 126 of the Representation of People Act, campaigning is prohibited in Cooch Behar starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

In order to ensure a free and fair election process, the poll board has asked all district election officers and district police chiefs to make sure that all prominent individuals, campaigners, and political workers who are not local voters leave the polling area once the silence period begins.

The seven phases of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will take place between April to June. Polls will be conducted in seven phases: the first on April 19 and the seventh on June 1. On June 4, the results will be announced.

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Lamborghini Gallardo worth nearly Rs 1 crore set on fire over business dispute

A video circulating on social media shows the luxury car Lamborghini Gallardo being burned and reduced to ashes. The police officials said a complaint has been registered by Neeraj, a car reseller who had bought the luxury car from its original owner.

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A person who deals in the sale and purchase of old luxury cars and a few others has allegedly burnt an old but expensive model of Lamborghini Gallardo on a road in Hyderabad over a dispute with its owner on Monday. The police said the owner of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Neeraj wanted to sell off the vehicle, estimated to be worth up to Rs 1 crore, and had informed some of his friends to look for a buyer.

The police added that the main accused Ahmed had called a friend of Neeraj and asked him to bring the car. The said friend of Neeraj was known to the Ahmed. When the luxury car was brought to Mamidipalli Road which is situated on the city outskirts Ahmed along with a few others, burnt the luxury car using petrol and claimed that Neeraj owed him money.

A video circulating on social media shows the luxury car Lamborghini Gallardo being burned and reduced to ashes. The police officials said a complaint has been registered by Neeraj, a car reseller who had bought the luxury car from its original owner. By the time fire department vehicles arrived at the scene it was too late as the luxury car was engulfed in flames and badly damaged. A video of the burning Lamborghini Gallardo has been circulating on social media.

The incident is a proof to the lengths to which disputes can rise. An expert spoke about the car that got burnt and said it was the Gallardo Spyder. He pointed out that it is a substantially older gen model which can only be found in the resale market. The expert further added the car has a powerful 5-litre NA V10 engine that made 513 horse power and 510 Nm of peak torque.

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2024 Lok Sabha elections: TMC releases manifesto, Mamata Banerjee vows to scrap CAA, stop NRC

The Trinamool Congress has today released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections

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West Bengal CM Mamta Banarjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) today released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In its manifesto, the TMC pledged to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), stop the development of a National Register of citizens and the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), and stop its implementation nationwide.

The manifesto was unveiled by Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien, West Bengal Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, and Amit Mitra, who is the Special Advisor to the Chief Minister. However, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was not present at the event.

As Derek O’Brien unveiled the manifesto, he said, this is what they will do when the TMC, as part of INDIA bloc, forms government.

The Citizenship Amendment Act has long been opposed by the Trinamool Congress. Five years after it was approved by Parliament, the central government finally put the CAA into effect last month.

The party led by Mamata Banerjee has also expressed resistance to the National Register of Citizens proposal, claiming that West Bengal will never adopt it. 

The manifesto titled Didi’s 10 sapaths, alludes to 10 oaths made by Mamata Banerjee, popularly known as Didi.

The Mamata Banerjee-led party additionally pledges to raise the daily allowance under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to Rs 400 per day in addition to the UCC and CAA. Everyone has also been offered pucca houses by the party.

A monthly pension of Rs 1,000 for people over 60, free home delivery of 5 kg of ration for every ration card user, 10 free LPG cylinders annually for families below the poverty line, and universal healthcare coverage worth Rs 10 lakh are among the other significant commitments made.

Additionally, the Trinamool Congress has pledged to establish a price stabilization fund in order to control the cost of gasoline and LPG.

The party has assured the youth that every student will receive a monthly stipend up until the age of 25. A student credit card of Rs. 10 lakh will be awarded to those who choose to continue their education.

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