In a shock move, a plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking the editing and deletion of certain scenes from the Netflix's 'India Original' series 'Sacred Games' on the premise that the Saif Ali Khan-starrer is derogatory to former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.
The petition, which calls for the snipping and censorship of Sacred Games, was mentioned on Wednesday before a bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar. The petitioner in the case has identified himself as Tariq and claims he is a member and supporter of the Indian National Congress.
As per information at the time of publishing, the plea alleges that certain scenes and dialogues in the Netflix series defamed Rajiv Gandhi.
Earlier, on Wednesday, a Congressmen from West Bengal shot off a letter to the police demanding an FIR against the makers of the web series and accused them of "insulting" Rajiv Gandhi.
While urging the Kolkata police to file an FIR against Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the producers of the film, the complainant from Kolkata wrote, "Along with this the serial also crosses all limits of decency and has taken Indian Film industry to a new low." More on that complaint here.
The flaring up of political tempers vis-a-vis Sacred Games comes specifically because in the eight episodes of the first season released, there are two mentions of Rajiv Gandhi: one, wherein Nawazuddin Siddiqui's character has used an explanative to describe the former Prime Minister and the other which included references to Bofors and the infamous Shah Bano case.
Among the flared sensitivities of Congressmen, here's a counter-opinion on why Rahul Gandhi should ask his leaders to take a chill pill vis-a-vis censorship of historical fact and independent opinion.
While the CBFC Board governs censorship on what hits TV and movie screens in India, Netflix which is a web-only platform is not answerable to a censorship body and therefore legally is not bound.
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