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Delhi High Court declines to grant interim stay against Hasmukh

The Delhi High Court dismissed a plea for an interim stay against the airing of Hasmukh for maligning the reputation of advocates

Published: 05th May 2020

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined to grant an interim stay on the airing of Vir Das' Hasmukh on Netflix. The Court was dismissing the plea that claimed Hasmukh had scenes that maligned the reputation of advocates. 

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva dismissed the application moved by lawyer Ashutosh Dubey.

The main petition seeking a permanent injunction on the airing of the show is pending and listed for hearing in July. Saikrishna Rajagopal, the counsel for Netflix, said in the court that an injunction on the show would be contrary to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution.

It was argued that there are several judgments that say lawyers as a class cannot be defamed.

Apart from Vir Das, Hasmukh, also stars Ranvir Shorey, Manoj Pahwa, Amrita Bagchi and Ravi Kishan in important roles. 

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