Netflix has hit a authorized wall with the Indian courts which have ordered the streaming platform to halt the discharge of its new present Unhealthy Boy Billionaires. The docuseries was set to air on Sept. 2, however after among the topics of the present took Netflix to courtroom to dam its launch, the streaming platform has needed to put a maintain on the present airing each in India and america.
The sequence explores the tales of 4 well-known Indian businessmen who achieved meteoric ranges of success earlier than being introduced down by corruption and greed, defrauding individuals for hundreds of thousands of rupees and inflicting nationwide scandals.
Thus far two of the movie’s topics, Subrata Roy and Ramalinga Raju, in addition to one interviewee, Mehul Choksi, have filed separate petitions with the Indian courts to dam the present’s launch. Whereas Subrata is a foremost topic of the present, Mehul solely seems within the present for a complete of two minutes.
Who’s Mehul Choksi and what scandal is he concerned in?
Mehul Choksi is a Bombay-born gem and jewellery tycoon who owned Gitanjali Group, which was once the most important branded jewellery retailer on the planet and the provider of over 50 % of the whole jewellery market in India.
Mehul can be the maternal uncle of Nirav Modi, who’s the topic of one of many episodes of the sequence. Nirav, who was born in India however grew up in Antwerp, Belgium, obtained his begin in retail jewellery by way of his uncle Mehul, and the 2 grew their jewellery empire collectively.
In February 2018, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched an investigation into Nirav and Mehul’s dealings with Punjab Nationwide Financial institution, after being tipped off a few attainable case of fraud. It subsequently turned out that Nirav had scammed their enterprise companions and the financial institution of roughly $2 billion with the assistance of corrupt people at PNB.
After the CBI filed expenses for non-payment of those big money owed, each Nirav and Mehul fled the nation. As soon as Nirav was noticed in Hong Kong and New York, the fugitive tycoon was lastly arrested by native authorities in London in March of 2019. He’s at the moment ready on the outcomes of his extradition trial within the U.Okay., which resumes this month.
In the meantime, Mehul absconded to Antigua within the Caribbean however final week he filed a petition with the Delhi courts, demanding a private preview of the docuseries, previous to its public launch. His request was denied by the courtroom however Mehul filed a second petition which is but to be determined.
Mehul, who remains to be a fugitive from the Indian authorities and claims he’s being falsely accused, argues that the discharge of the content material of the present can be detrimental to his identify and repute and that the courts are obligated to make sure that he has a good trial (if and when he stands trial, provided that he’s now a citizen of Antigua).
Netflix is arguing that the episode in query is about Mehul’s nephew, Nirav, and solely options clips of Mehul in interviews with information channels just like the BBC, that are already within the public area. Additionally they declare that since Mehul now claims citizenship in a foreign country, he’s out of bounds to attempt to search reduction by way of the Indian courtroom system.
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