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Karnataka HC Asks Petitioner to Explain Email containing warning to Discovery Channel against airing the ‘Cauvery Calling’ Project Documentary [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 14 Sep 2020 4:35pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Karnataka HC Asks Petitioner to Explain Email containing warning to Discovery Channel against airing the ‘Cauvery Calling’ Project Documentary [READ ORDER]

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday (September 8, 2020) has sought an explanation from petitioner A.V. Amarnathan as to on what authority he sent an email to Discovery channel threatening it that airing any program on the 'Cauvery Calling' project would amount to contempt of Court.

A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi while issuing the directions said that, "The petitioner claims to be a pro bono litigant. Making such representation to a television channel may raise a question whether the petitioner is really a pro bono litigant. The petitioner cannot threaten a television channel with contempt on the ground that if they telecast a program on the respondents, it will amount to contempt."

The direction was issued after a complaint was filed before the court by the ISHA Outreach, which manages the “Cauvery Calling”. The complaint said that the petitioner on August 21 sent an email to Discovery channel warning that telecasting the documentary, scheduled to be aired on August 22 at 6.30 p.m., would amount to contempt of court as the legality of the project is sub judice.

On the last hearing, the court asked the petitioner whether he has sent a legal notice to the channel or not, following which an affidavit in reply was filed by the petitioner. 

The Court today, after perusing the affidavit, said that "In the affidavit dated 5th September 2020 and in paragraph No.7, the petitioner has justified the action of informing the discovery channel that airing the program will amount… Continue Reading...


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