Sushant Singh Rajput’s father has filed a fresh plea against the release of films and books based on the late Bollywood star. The latest development comes two months after the Delhi High Court refused to stay the release of a movie allegedly based on the life of SSR titled - 'Nyay: The Justice'.
Earlier in July, SSR’s father Krishna Kishore Singh sought an interlocutory injunction against the film-makers of Nyay: The Justice. However, the court rejected it, stating that the rights of privacy, publicity and personality vested in Sushant had ceased to exist upon the actor's demise, reported TimesNow.
Meanwhile, a division bench of Justices Yashwant Varma and Dharmesh Sharma sought responses from the producers of the film and listed the case for further consideration on November 16.
For those unaware, Nyay: The Justice was released in June 2021, and it has been streaming on OTT platform called Lapalap Original.
In his fresh appeal, Krishna Kishore Singh filed the petition to protect Sushant's publicity, privacy and rights while listing four movies and two books, allegedly inspired by Sushant's life and untimely demise.
"By making a mockery of his death, privacy rights of Sushant Singh Rajput are being infringed. Puttaswamy also says it’s the court’s job to include as many fundamental rights as possible. And if there is a foreign law convention which is not in conflict with Indian law the same should be adopted," Krishna Kishore Singh said in an interaction with ETimes.
The actor’s father had previously approached the High Court against the streaming of the film but his plea was rejected by a single-judge.
Justice C Hari Shankar, in his detailed order, passed on July 12, had said that Rajput's personality rights as well as rights of privacy and publicity got extinguished with his death. However, these rights are not inheritable to be espoused by his father, Justice Shankar had ruled.
Elaborating on the same, the single-judge bench had also stated that even if it was assumed that the film does infract the publicity rights of Rajput or defames him, the infracted right is personal to the actor and cannot be said to have been inherited by his father.
As a result, Justice C Hari Shankar concluded that it cannot pass an order to stop the streaming of the film especially when it has already been released and must have been seen by thousands of people.
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