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High Court notice to Anushka, others

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to Bollywood star Anushka Sharma, Amazon Prime Videos, the Union Government and 15 other respondents on a petition alleging that a web series, Paatal Lok, had seriously defamed the Sikh community.

In his petition placed before the Bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi, petitioner-advocate Gurdeepinder Singh Dhillon contended that he started watching the web series "Paatal Lok". Its episode number three on "A History of Violence" was set in a village in Punjab. "The respondents/ Amazon Prime Videos have purposely and maliciously within intent of creating communal disharmony and caste-based clashes have shown two communities in bad light."

His counsel Ravinder Singh Randhawa added that the web series had also seriously defamed the members of the Sikh community and hurt the religious feelings of the Sikhs at large. Among other things, Randhawa contended that they used a caste-based slur repeatedly for a particular community.

Besides, a boy from the community was also shown brutally murdering three boys from other community. "They have glorified caste and religion based hatred and violence," he added. Describing the community as "protectors" since centuries, Randhawa added that it had the history of safeguarding the feeble and the incapable people, especially women. The case will now come up for hearing on July 2.

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