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Bigg Boss Again Manages Stay Against Fresh I&B Directive

A vacation bench of Bombay High Court passed its order on Christmas day.

Rajat Arora | Delhi | December 27, 2010

The Christmas day remained full of activities and sigh of relief for Viacom18 officials when they managed to get a stay again from Bombay High Court against a fresh directive from I&B Ministry to shift the reality show Bigg Boss from 9 pm to 11 pm slot on Colors. On Saturday, a vacation bench of justice SJ Kathawalla and justice UD Salvi allowed Colors channel to air the show at 9 pm while directing the Ministry of Information and Broadcast (I&B) to file its reply.

Viacom18 had filed petition in the high court on Friday after the fresh directive issued by I&B Ministry suggesting to push Bigg Boss on Colors post 11 pm in the name of objectionable content.

The High Court observed that the channel could air Bigg Boss at 9 pm following an undertaking given by the Viacom18 that they shall not screen any dialogue that is required to be beeped or any obscene gestures made by the participants.

Viacom18's lawyers - senior counsel Ram Jethmalani and advocate Ameet Naik - informed the court that they are ready to handover CDs of unedited episodes to I&B.  The ministry can watch the episode and edit the objectionable portion if any from it, the lawyers said.

"We are ready to provide them the CDs in advance. They can censor it and then we will telecast the episodes," Jethmalani told the court.

Jethmalani informed the court that the show is going to end in two weeks time. After October 4, the channel has not telecast any episode, which had objectionable language or scenes, according to I&B, added Jethmalani.

On December 8, a division bench of High Court had directed the ministry to issue a fresh show-cause notice to the petitioners giving specific material against which it had objections. I&B was asked to pass appropriate order only after hearing Viacom18's reply.

Earlier, it started on November 16 when I&B Ministry issued a notice to Colors channel directing it to shift the reality show away from the prime time as the show offended "good taste and decency". Then Viacom18’s advocate Ameet Naik had managed to get a stay order against government’s directive.

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Rajat.Arora@BestMediaInfo.com

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