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Netflix India releases three episodes of Bad Boy Billionaires amid legal tussle

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Netflix India releases three episodes of Dangerous Boy Billionaires amid authorized tussle

By: Reuters | Mumbai |

October 5, 2020 1:32:19 pm

Bad Boy Billionaires netflix showOn Monday, Netflix made three of the 4 episodes within the sequence accessible on its app for viewers in India. (Picture: Netflix India)

Netflix has partially launched its much-awaited sequence on 4 Indian tycoons dealing with fraud allegations after a state court docket lifted an injunction over the weekend, a lawyer representing Netflix stated on Monday.

The Dangerous Boy Billionaires: India documentary sequence about liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy of the Sahara group, IT govt Ramalinga Raju and jeweller Nirav Modi was set for launch final month.

Netflix, the world’s largest streaming service, suspended the present’s launch after an order from the Araria district court docket in Bihar the place the Sahara group argued it will harm Roy’s repute.

Late on Saturday, the court docket lifted the injunction, stated Amit Shrivastava, a lawyer for Netflix. He declined to remark additional and it was not instantly clear why the court docket overturned its earlier order. The official order is but to be launched.

Netflix didn’t reply to a request for remark.

A spokesman for Sahara additionally didn’t reply. Roy is at the moment on bail, having been ordered by a court docket to repay billions of {dollars} to traders in a scheme which was discovered to be unlawful. Roy denied wrongdoing within the case and his counsel has stated he already has repaid traders.

Some Netflix exhibits in India have confronted court docket challenges and police complaints for obscenity or for hurting spiritual sentiments.

The continuing authorized spat is among the many most high-profile ones Netflix has confronted in India, one among its key development markets.

The streaming firm had argued that halting the present’s launch “freezes free speech” and hurts the corporate financially, Reuters has reported.

On Monday, Netflix made three of the 4 episodes within the sequence accessible on its app for viewers in India. The episode specializing in Raju was unavailable.

Raju, who was accused of a $1 billion accounting fraud greater than a decade in the past, has obtained a separate injunction on its telecast from a court docket in south India. The case could be heard afterward Monday, A Venkatesh, a lawyer for Raju, advised Reuters.

The opposite two tycoons – Modi and Mallya – are dealing with extradition makes an attempt and are at the moment in the UK. Each have denied wrongdoing.

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