“Becoming a practice to gain publicity by filing petitions on sensitive issues”: Allahabad HC while junking plea against Virgin Bhaskar.

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court recently arose profoundly on a petitioner who filed a plea against the airing of the web series Virgin Bhaskar, Season 2, streaming on an OTT platforms Alt Balaji and Zee 5.

The Division Bench of Justices Pankaj Mithal and Rajeev Singh stated that the petitioner has prayed for the writ jurisdiction of the Court for gaining unnecessary publicity in public interest. The filing of the petition was publicised in social media even before it was filed or any order was passed on it only with the leaning motive of publicity. The High Court elevated that Public Interest Litigation was intended to make human rights meaningful for the deprived. The Court advised the media to behave sensibly and avoid publishing such kind of petitions before they were litigated. The petitioner was not deprived and was not seeking the enforcement of basic human rights, the Court recorded its finding that the litigation was prompted by a desire for publicity.

The petition filed by Krishan Kanhaya Pal in person required a stay on the broadcast of the web series ‘Virgin Bhaskar Season 2’. The Petitioner alleged that a certain scene in the Series was defamatory because the name of a deity Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar is used as the name of the hostel “Ahilyabai Girls Hostel”.

The Counsel for the Union of India, however, submitted that the Additional Solicitor General to whom it was served, S.B. Pandey, was hospitalized. He had not activated his email account to retrieve the petition, during this time. Therefore, the Court concluded that the petition was filed to grab cheap publicity and closed proceedings.


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