NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday sees response of media streaming platform Netflix and producers of web series ‘Hasmukh’.It is on a plea seeking to stop its airing on the ground that it allegedly defames the reputation of lawyers.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asks Netflix and the producers of the series and director. He asks to file their written statements on the main suit. It seeks a permanent injunction on the airing of the show. And the application for interim is staying on broadcasting it.
Advocate Saikrishna Rajagopal represents Netflix, who opposes the lawsuit. It will now come up for hearing on July 7. The lawsuit is filed by lawyer Ashutosh Dubey who has sought directions to the web series producers, directors and writer. It asks to “tender unconditional apology online for defaming the image of the lawyer community.”
CLAIMS OF ADVOCATE
He further claims that in episode 4 of the web series, lawyers have been allegedly refer to as thieves, scoundrels and rapists. Dubey practices in the Supreme Court. He contends that “statements in the show are highly depreciating, defamatory. And bring disrepute to the law profession and lawyers and advocates in the eyes of the general public”.
“The remarks causes damage to the legal profession. And questions the respect of lawyers in the eyes of millions of viewers who visit the website where the show is now streaming”. The lawyer says in his plea seeking a permanent injunction on the airing of the series. It is looking for “deletion or removal of the statements and contents from the show ‘Hasmukh’.