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Karnataka HC permits AG to file contempt proceedings against crime serials

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court (HC) has permitted the advocate general (AG) to file contempt proceedings against two Kannada crime serials 'Crime Dairy" and "Crime Story" being aired by ETV and Udaya TV respectively.

As reported by indiantelevision.com, the state government had sought direction from the HC to ban the two serials since it believes that the telecast is effecting fair trials of criminal cases. The government has sought a blanket direction to the media no to carry stories in violation of the criminal justice system. These submissions were made before chef justice N K Sodhi and Justice B Padmaraj.

Government counsel argued that the opinions expressed in the serials about the innocence or guilt of the accused in any manner were pre-judicial to the interest of the justice delivery system, as it amounted to holding a parallel trial.

The case was adjourned to 17 January for further hearing.

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