Opinion of the Delhi High Court to director Hansal Mehta about his film Faraaz

Court set case for rehearing on October 28, 2021 (File)

New Delhi:

Delhi High Court issued notice and summons to filmmaker Hansal Mehta in legal action seeking permanent and binding injunction and damages for preventing defendants from showing ‘Faraaz’ film ‘carried out on the terrorist attack of July 1, 2016, in Holey Artisan, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Judge Asha Menon said, “Issue a summons to appear in trial and notice in demand to the defendants (Hansal Mehta et al) by any permitted means, returnable by the next court date.

The Court set the case for a new hearing on October 28, 2021.

The Court was seized of a complaint lodged by Ruba Ahmed. Senior Counsel Jayant K. Mehta, along with Counsel Upender Thakur, Yatin Grover and Prateek Kumar appeared for the complainants.

This lawsuit was filed for a permanent and binding injunction and damages to prevent the defendants from releasing the film ” FARAAZ ” made on the terrorist attack of July 1, 2016, in Holey Artisan, Dhaka, Bangladesh which cost the lives of many, including the daughters of the plaintiffs because of the violation of their right to privacy and a fair trial under Articles 14 and 21 of the Indian Constitution.

Regarding the request for interim measures, lead lawyer Jayant K Mehta argued that his main concern was that the film does not portray the applicants’ deceased daughters in a bad light and therefore, for now and at this stage. , their prayers would not be to ban the screening of the film but to seek only a preview of the film to ensure that their daughters are not shown in a bad light.

The Court clarified that the summons must state that the written statement to the action and the response to the demand must be filed by the defendant (s) within one week from the date of receipt of the summons. The defendant must also file the admission / refusal affidavit of the document filed by the plaintiff, failing which the written statement will not be recorded, the court said.

The court also said that the plaintiffs were free to file a reply to the written statement and a reply to the response filed by the defendant before the next hearing date following the filing of the written statement. The replication will be accompanied by the admission / refusal affidavit regarding the documents filed by the defendants, failing which the replies will not be recorded, the court said.

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