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Times Now undertakes not to air anything defamatory against Hindi Film Industry

Times Now undertakes not to air anything defamatory against Hindi Film Industry

In a suit filed against Time Now and Republic TV by 34 big production houses and 4 major associations of the Hindi film industry for being aggreived with their “irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bollywood members” during the coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput case, Times Now has entered into a settlement with the Producer’s Guild of India to not air or publish anything defamatory against the Hindi Film Industry.

The case was filed in Delhi High Court in October 2020.

The objective of this suit was to prevent news anchors Arnab Goswami and Pradeep Bhandari of Republic TV, Navika Kumar and Rahul Shivshankar of Times Now from making scandalous remarks against the film fraternity.”

As per the consent terms agreed, TIMES NOW reaffirms its commitment to abide by the Programme Code under the Cable TV Network Regulation Act 1994 and the Cable TV Network Regulation Rules 1994 and undertakes not to publish or air anything that is defamatory to the Plaintiffs (the Hindi Film industry) on the TIMES NOW Channel”, the statement read.

The application for settlement and consent terms are pending before the Delhi High Court for acceptance.

The Delhi High Court had asked Times Now and Republic TV to adhere to the Programme Code while issuing the notice.

The plaintiffs include the production houses of several big stars of the cine industry like Aamir Khan, Sharukh Khan(Red Chillies), Salmaan Khan, Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor. Major production houses such as Yashraj Films, Dharma Productions (of Karan Johar), Nadiadwala, Excel, Vidhu Vinod Chopra films, Vishal Bharadwaj, Reliance Big etc. are also a part of this suit.

By Team SLC, Arshita Anand (Chanakya National Law University)

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