A Single Bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justice Navin Chawla dismissed a plea filed by fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi seeking access to the preview of the Netflix show Big Boy Billionaire prior to its release.
Choksi, in his plea had sought pre-censorship of the said show as it interfered with the his right to fair trial, as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. He asked the court to lay down guidelines to regulate the content hosted by the OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.
Senior Advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, while appearing on behalf of the OTT platform “Netflix” argued that the present petition is not maintainable as the remedy sought is private in nature.
The Court noted that the remedy sought by the Petitioner is private in nature and could not be entertained in a writ filed under Article 226 of the Constitution. However, it has given liberty to Choksi to move appropriate forum to seek his remedy.