Film based on Radia; HC asks producer to respond to her plea

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today asked the producer of ‘Monica-the Politics of Murder’ to reply to the plea of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia that the film depicted her private life in a ‘scandalous’ manner.

"The reply to the petition be filed within three days after supplying the copy to the petitioner (Radia)," Justice V K Jain said.

The film, produced by Lucknow-based Congress leader Kush Bhargava, stars award winning actor Ashutosh Rana and hit theatres on last Friday after the court refused to grant a stay on its release, saying it cannot pass any order without ascertaining the allegations.

"Unless, we see the film, we cannot decide," Justice Jain said adding "the producer of the film is directed to produce either the CD or the entire script of the film."

Earlier, the court had issued a notice to the producer on the plea of Radia.

Radia, Director of Vaishnavi Corporate Communications Private Ltd who has been in news after the leakage of her tapped conversations with corporate heads, journalists and political leaders, has filed the petition seeking a permanent injunction against the release of the film.

"The plaintiff (Radia) has not assigned anyone the right to make a film based on her life or any film showing the life of the petitioner, however minuscule, and the production of the film in such a brazen manner and public viewing of such a film will tarnish or damage her image and reputation beyond repair which cannot be compensated," Anip Sachthey, lawyer for the lobbyist, said.

The lawyer also cited a news report which said "the Congress leader Bhargava will release a film on the infamous telecom scam on March 25. Divya Dutta, the protagonist, will have shades of both Shivani Bhatnagar (the Indian Express journalist killed in 1999) and Niira Radia."

The other actors of the film include Yashpal Sharma and Kittu Gidwani.

The lobbyist said the courts have earlier watched a movie based on slain bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi to ensure the rights of such persons are not infringed.



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