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Court stops telecast of Sony’s ‘Crime Patrol’ Chautala episode

Delhi High Court Restrains Sony from Telecasting Episode of ‘Crime Patrol’

The Delhi High Court has stopped Sony TV from broadcasting an episode of its “Crime Patrol” programme based on a recruitment scam involving former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and 54 others. The interim direction issued by Justice M.L. Mehta prohibits the channel from airing the scheduled episode as it could potentially impact the appeal against the trial court verdict. The court’s order came after Chautala, his then Officer on Special Duty Vidya Dhar, and Political Advisor Sher Singh Badshami filed a plea seeking suspension of their sentences.

According to the plea, Chautala has also sought suspension of his 10-year imprisonment, and the programme’s telecast should be deferred until the appeal is decided. In January 2013, the trial court had convicted Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala, and eight others for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained teachers in Haryana in 2000. While Chautala, Ajay Chautala, and one other convict were sentenced to 10 years in jail, the remaining convicts were handed out varying prison terms.

Advocate Rajiv Nayyar, appearing for Chautala, argued that the programme could adversely impact the appeal against the trial court verdict. Nayyar asked the court to direct the channel to postpone the telecast till the petition seeking suspension of their sentence was decided by another bench. In response to the plea, the court issued an interim direction to the channel, preventing it from broadcasting the scheduled episode.

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