Essence of democracy is the liberty given to an artist: Delhi HC refuses to stay streaming of webseries ‘Hasmukh’ on Netflix

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The Delhi High Court today refused to stay the streaming of webseries ‘Hasmukh’ on Netflix. (Ashutosh Dubey vs Netflix)

The application seeking an interim stay on the streaming of Hasmukh episodes, especially episode 4 of Season 1, titled “Bambai Main Bambu” which allegedly makes disparaging comments against lawyers, was dismissed by a single judge bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva.

While refusing to grant the interim injunction, the Court observed,

The very essence of democracy is that a creative artist is given the liberty to project the picture of the society in a manner he perceives. One of the prime forms of exposing the ills of the society is by portraying a satirical picture of the same. Stand-up comedians perform that very purpose. In their portrayal they use satire and exaggerate the ills to an extent that it becomes a ridicule. In the humorous portrayal of the ills of the society the stand-up comedians use satire.
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