More concerned about Shilpa Shetty’s minor children: High Court
- Justice Gautam Patel directed Shetty’s lawyers to segregate private bloggers and traditional media houses
- The Court was hearing Shilpa’s suit seeking an order restraining publication of incorrect information against her
- Advocate Abhinav Chandrachud informed the Court that Shetty was in talks with most of the defendants which included media outlets and private bloggers, etc.
The Bombay high court on Friday refused to grant an interim injunction against various news portals and publications accused by actor Shilpa Shetty of indulging in defamatory reporting of her reactions to the arrest of her husband Raj Kundra in the alleged pornographic film racket case.
The court observed that the right to privacy is required to be balanced with the freedom of the Press.
The court, however, said the fact that the actor was a public figure did not mean that she has sacrificed her right to privacy when it was pointed out that certain articles had questioned her parenting in light of the case.
The bench did not pass any orders as some of the organisations were not represented and those who were represented informed that they had taken down the content from the digital platforms, to which the court asked them not to upload the same again.
A bench of justice Gautam Patel, while hearing the interim application in a defamation suit filed by Shetty, was informed by senior advocate Dr Birendra Saraf and Dr Abhinav Chandrachud that while the actor was not seeking a blanket gag order on the media from reporting anything related to the case of her husband, she sought an interim injunction restraining various media platforms from reporting uncorroborated, defamatory and malicious news about her.
Before adjourning the matter, Justice Patel expressed that his concern in the case was only pertaining to the minor children and the media attention they were being subjected to.
“I am not concerned about Shilpa Shetty…she will handle herself. I am more concerned about her minor children. Media reports on Shetty’s personal life with her children… in such matters it is the children who are in the centre,” Justice Patel said.
The Court adjourned hearing of the plea to October 1, 2021.
“You (Shetty) are not going to be able to get a permanent injunction (against media reports) then why are you in a rush? This matter pertaining to Raj Kundra is going to go on for some more time,” Justice Patel said in conclusion.
Shilpa's husband Raj Kundra was arrested by the property cell of Mumbai Police’s crime branch on July 19 in connection with an alleged pornography racket. The cell has alleged that Kundra controlled the operation of the mobile app used to upload pornographic videos.