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Delhi Court Stays The Release Of Alleged Defamatory Biopic On Chanda Kochhar Made Without Consent

Lawstreet Journal 25 Nov 2019 11:41pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi Court Stays The Release Of Alleged Defamatory Biopic On Chanda Kochhar Made Without Consent

The concept of a media trial is not unknown to mankind. One such instance of an attempt to hold a media trial has surfaced recently in the case of a former MD and CEO of the ICICI Bank namely, Chanda Kochhar who is being investigated by the CBI and ED for allegedly sanctioning a loan for approximately INR 1800 crores in the favour of Videocon Group during her tenure in office from June, 2009 to October, 2011. 

Justice Sandeep Garg, Additional District Judge, Delhi passed an order on November 23, 2019, staying the release of the biopic thereby restraining the makers from screening or marketing the film in any form and prohibited the use of Chanda Kochhar’s name directly or indirectly. The Court held that, “The contents of the film have the potential to prejudicially affect the reputation of the plaintiff in public.” The next hearing is scheduled on November 26, 2019.

Chanda Kochhar filed an application in the Court objecting to the very title of the movie called “Chanda: A Signature that Ruined a Career” alleging defamation and an attempt to vilify her character by the makers of the film namely Manoj Nandwana, S. Akhileswaran (Producers) and Ajay Singh (Director). The film was to be screened for the first time at the Goa Film Festival on November 28, 2019.

Since coverage by media has the potential of shaping up public opinion in relation to social and political issues, a trial by media is not only problematic but goes against the very tenets… Continue Reading...

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