Sacred Games, Season 1 (2018, dir. Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane) was showcased by Netflix in June, 2018. Writ Petition (Civil) No. 7123 of 2018 was filed before Delhi High Court against Sacred Games soon after. One word used in Episode 4: ‘Brahmahatya‘ deserved correction. It remains unchanged.
09.04.2019 – Writ Petition (Civil) No. 7123 of 2018 was disposed. Hon’ble Judges S. Ravindra Bhat and Prateek Jalan:
“What is pressed today is a direction with respect to framing of guidelines in regard to Over The Top (OTT) Media Service Providers, on the allegation, the content published by them is offensive. Such entities make content available online. Court was informed of Justice for Rights Foundation v. Union of India [Writ Petition (Civil) 11164 of 2018] where after considering similar arguments and also having regard to provisions of The Information Technology Act, 2000 it was stated, in a Public Interest Litigation, this Court cannot issue a Mandamus for framing general guidelines or provisions when there are stringent provisions already in place. In case contents exhibited or transmitted by the organizations violates statutory provisions and contains prohibitory material, make a complaint under those provisions to the statutory authority and we are hopeful, authorities shall look into the matter stated. The claim in the present proceedings is identical to what was sought in Justice For Rights Foundation. In these circumstances, Court is of the opinion that a different view cannot be taken.”
Thus, it is foreseeable, the battle against Sacred Games has to be fought under The Information Technology Act, 2000. If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine. Netflix had this to say on Sacred Games, Season 2:
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