Bollywood associations, producers file civil suit against Arnab Goswami, Navika Kumar, others

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Over 30 producers and associations file civil suit against media houses for defaming Bollywood

The suit comes after allegations of undue intrusion and sensationalism in the media following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput

A civil suit has been filed before the Delhi High Court by four Bollywood associations and 34 Bollywood producers against Republic TV, Arnab Goswami and Pradeep Bhandari of Republic TV, Times Now, Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar of Times Now, unknown defendants and social media platforms.

The industry has collectively urged the apex court to direct these media houses and journalists to refrain from “making or publishing irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bollywood as a whole and members of Bollywood” and to restrain them from conducting “media trials of Bollywood personalities and interfering with the right to privacy of persons associated with Bollywood.”

The suit comes after allegations of undue intrusion and sensationalism in the media following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

The plaintiffs have also prayed that the defendants abide by the provisions of the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, and to “withdraw, recall and take down all the defamatory content published by them against Bollywood,” a joint statement read.

The suit has been filed by DSK Legal on behalf of the Plaintiffs including:

The Producers Guild of India
The Cine & TV Artiste Association
The Film and TV Producers Council
Screenwriters Association
Aamir Khan Productions
Ad-Labs Films
Ajay Devgn Fflims
Andolan Films
Anil Kapoor Film and Communication Network
Arbaaz Khan Productions
Ashutosh Gowarikaer Productions
BSK Network and Entertainment
Cape of Good Films
Clean Slate Filmz
Dharma Productions
Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures
Excel Entertainment
Filmkraft Productions
Hope Production
Kabir Khan Films
Luv Films
Macguffin Pictures
Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
One India Stories
R.S. Entertainment
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
Red Chillies Entertainment
Reliance Big Entertainment
Reel Life Productions
Rohit Shetty Pictures
Roy Kapur Productions
Salman Khan Ventures
Sohail Khan Productions
Sikhya Entertianment
Tiger Baby Digital
Vinod Chopra Films
Vishal Bhardwaj Film
YashRaj Films

“The Plaintiffs are not seeking a blanket gag order against media reportage of the investigation in the cases relating to the death of Mr Sushant Singh Rajput or of FIRs No 15 and 16/2020 filed by the NCB, Mumbai. The Plaintiffs are merely seeking a perpetual and mandatory injunction against the Defendants from carrying on reportage and publication of material that violates applicable laws,” the statement added.

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