Zee Sues Rajat Sharma & India TV for Airing 1993 Episode of Aap Ki Adalat with Bal Thackrey

Rajat Sharma Law Insider

Prerna Gala

Published on: September 14, 2022 at 19:25 IST

Zee Media Corporation Ltd sued journalist Rajat Sharma and his news channel India TV for copyright infringement.

The 1993 episode of the talk show “Aap Ki Adalat” with former Shiv Sena leader Balasaheb Thackrey has been withdrawn from all platforms, the journalist Rajat Sharma and his news network India TV promised the Delhi High Court on Tuesday [Zee Media Corporation Ltd v Rajat Sharma & Anr.].

Justice Jyoti Singh received assurances from the seasoned journalist and the station that they would not rebroadcast the episode.

The assurance came as Sharma and India TV were being sued for copyright infringement by Zee Media, the owner of news networks like Zee News and Zee Hindustan.

In its lawsuit, Zee claims that on June 25 and 26, 1993, India TV aired an episode of “Aap Ki Adalat” starring Thackrey that was inappropriate given the political unrest in Maharashtra.

Through Trust Legal’s partners Ritwika Nanda and Rupali Gupta, Zee has launched a lawsuit. Joy Basu is in charge of them.

Justice Singh made a comment on Sharma and India TV’s timing of the episode during the hearing (during the political crisis in Maharashtra).

“You timed it well… We all know why it happened. We understand the timing and the trigger. We all understand it,” the judge said

Sharma’s senior attorney, Sandeep Sethi, testified in court that the episode had been removed and that they had no plans to use it.

According to Sethi, Sharma worked for Zee when the episode was created, and when he launched his own channel, an agreement was established allowing him to use the format and the term “Aap Ki Adalat” on his own platform.

Zee has countered that since it holds the rights to more than 140 of the show’s episodes produced between 1992 and 1997, India TV should be prohibited from airing and distributing the episodes that were broadcast on Zee TV on any other platforms.

With regard to Zee’s request for an injunction against India TV involving all 140 episodes of the show, the court has now allowed Sethi time to get guidance.

On September 20, the matter will now be heard.

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