The Bombay High Court Friday restrained a popular TV news channel from repeating the telecast of a show based on the 2002 hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan. Khan had moved court claiming that the allegations made in the programme were defamatory and sought to “dramatise and sensationalise a criminal case”.
The actor moved court over the programme, “The Hit and Run Case”, which aired on May 21. Khan, through his lawyer, produced a recording of the programme before Justice S C Gupte on Friday.
In his application, Khan submitted that the allegations would “prejudice and influence” the outcome of the criminal case against him. Justice Gupte observed that the actor had cited several instances of “offending allegations and aspersions” in the complaint.
Khan sought an injunction for restraining the news channel from “communicating to the public” the telecast of the show or any material similar to the programme that could have a bearing on the pending criminal case.
The court observed that though Khan had served the news channel with a copy of the complaint and a notice of his ad-interim application, the defendants (the news channel and its group) were absent.
The court posting the matter on June 2 for consideration of ad-interim relief to Khan.