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Sahara TV to go slow on 'Karishma'

NEW DELHI: The Subrata Roy promoted Sahara TV has decided that it would not start telecasting Karishma: The Miracles of Destiny serial, featuring Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor, till the hearing of the case is fully over. 

On 30 June, the Kolkata high court had said that Sahara can air the serial from mid July. The Calcutta High Court had allowed the telecast of the controversial mega-serial when Justice MHS Ansari had vacated the injunction on the telecast of the serial produced by Sahara Media Entertainment Limited.

At that point of time, the court had directed Sahara to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 250,000 with the Registrar (original side) of the High Court.

Contacted by indiantelevision.com, today, a senior executive of Sahara's media business said: "The hearings are on today and have been continuing almost daily for the last 14 days or so. We have decided that until the full argument is complete, we'd not start telecast as we want to wait for the outcome of the case."

This new perspective also indicates to a likely change in the strategy on part of Sahara because of the fluidity in (conditional access system) CAS case where the implementation (that would have meant all pay channels like Star Plus and Sony would have had to go through a set top box) has been deferred and chaos at present is reigning supreme.

The Sahara executive also pointed out that the company is not interested in any out of court settlement and has full faith in the Indian legal system.

A case against the serial and its producers had been filed by British author Barbara Bradford who had alleged that the serial was based on her best selling novel A Woman of Substance and was a fit case of plagiarism.

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