Netflix- Gunjan Saxena
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Delhi HC directs Centre to decide NGO's representation to delete scenes in Netflix's Gunjan Saxena that show Indian Air Force in poor light

The order was passed by a Divison Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan in a PIL preferred by an NGO.

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court today directed the Central Government to consider a representation seeking the deletion of scenes in Netflix's movie, Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl that show the Indian Air Force in poor light (Justice for Rights Foundation vs UOI & Ors).

The order was passed by a Divison Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan in a public interest litigation preferred by NGO, Justice For Rights Foundation.

Appearing for the Petitioner, Advocate Jatan Singh argued that certain scenes and dialogues were factually incorrect and misleading insofar as they showed the Indian Air Force as being gender-biased and misogynistic.

The Court was informed that a representation was made by the Indian Airforce, as well as the Petitioner, on the issue to the concerned authorities but no action was taken.

During the course of the submissions, the Court indicated that it was not inclined grant any relief to the Petitioner in a PIL as it questioned,

"..some may show an exaggerated version? What is the issue? ..How can we have this kind of sensitivity? Are our institutions so weak?"

Given the fact that the Indian Air Force had already raised its concerns with respect to the film with the concerned authorities, the Court remarked that the shoulders of the IAF were "broad enough to protect its reputation".

"Let IAF take it up. Why should be we take it at your instance?"

After the Petitioner restricted its prayer to the disposal of its pending representation with the Central Government, the Court directed the authorities concerned to decide on the Petitioner's representation dated August 22, 2020 in accordance with law.

The Petition was filed through Advocates Amit Kumar Sharma, Aarti Singh and Jasmeet Kaur Ajimal.

Wadia Ghandy & Co represented Dharma Productions.

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