Mehul Choksi Appeals Against Netflix Documentary in Delhi High Court

Fugitive businessman and diamantaire Mehul Choksi, who’s an accused within the Punjab Nationwide Financial institution rip-off, through the listening to on an attraction in opposition to Netflix’s documentary titled Dangerous Boy Billionaires: India on Wednesday requested the Delhi Excessive Court docket whether or not the streaming service is permitted to violate a person’s basic rights.

Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, showing for Choksi, additionally requested whether or not Netflix’s declare to stay unregulated and being past the jurisdiction of writ courts in India is authorized.

A division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, listening to Choksi’s petition in opposition to a single-judge bench order dismissing his plea looking for pre-screening of the documentary, slated the matter for additional listening to on Thursday.

Showing for Choksi, advocates Aggarwal, Mudit Jain and Ashul Agarwal argued that it’s a travesty of justice that an individual had approached the writ courtroom for cover of his basic rights to a good investigation, which is a side below Article 21 of the Structure of India; nevertheless, he was relegated to avail his cures earlier than the civil courtroom.

Senior advocates Neeraj Kishan Kaul and Dayan Krishnan, showing for Netflix, argued that the appellant shouldn’t be entitled to any aid, as he’s not a citizen of India, as he has forsaken his citizenship, and subsequently, not entitled to the safety of any basic proper.

The mentioned argument was responded by Aggarwal stating Mehul Choksi left India previous to any registration of FIR by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and thus, his not being in India can’t be learn in opposition to him.

The plea said that the petitioner is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, was the promoter of Gitanjali Gems and has been falsely accused of varied crimes in India, and is presently below investigation or standing trial by and earlier than numerous authorities and/or courts.

“The settled precept has at all times been and should at all times stay that trial by media can’t be permitted and Courts are obligated to intervene and shield the rights of the accused the place a untimely or unfair portrayal in a movement image would unfairly prejudice the accused individual’s investigation or trial,” the plea has mentioned.

Earlier, Choksi’s plea was dismissed by the one bench of Justice Naveen Chawla, who noticed that there aren’t any rules to manage the content material on the over-the-top (OTT) media providers, and requested him to strategy the suitable discussion board or file a civil swimsuit within the matter.

The documentary is claimed to be primarily based on the rise and fall of India’s most notorious billionaires together with Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and different enterprise tycoons accused in a number of alleged scams. It was initially slated to launch September 2 however the launch was stayed attributable to two courtroom orders, unrelated to Choksi’s plea.

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