Any content in Zee TV’s series Buddha that hurts religious sentiments can be grounds to take it off air, said the Bombay High Court on Friday. A division bench of Justice S J Vazifdar and Justice B P Colabawalla, however, said that it would not interfere if the “issue is trivial”.
The bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Samta Sainik Dal, seeking the court to stop the telecast of the series based on Gautam Buddha, as it was “factually incorrect and hence hurt the sentiments of Buddhists”.
“They (Zee TV) are portraying Buddha as an incarnation of (Lord) Ram. The serial has hurt the sentiments of Buddhists and those who believe in the religion,” said the petitioner’s lawyer.
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“If there are two different philosophies followed in the religion, then we will not interfere,” said Justice Vazifdar. The court issued notices to the Union and state governments, serial’s producer B K Modi and Zee channel, and directed the respondents to file their replies within two weeks.