Today the Court of Special Chief Judicial Magistrate, Lucknow issued summons to Abhishek Nag – Director Netflix India LLP, Documentary Director Nick Read, and Reva Sharma – Producer Netflix, directing their appearance before the Court on 15.11.2021, in the matter of a Criminal Complaint filed by Sahara, for making and publishing an outrageous and highly defamatory documentary/ trailer titled “Bad Boy Billionaires”. The accused will be tried under sections 500, 501, and 502 of the Indian Penal Code.
Before issuing the process, the Court took cognizance of the offenses committed by the accused persons and recorded statements of the complainant and their witnesses and after being satisfied with the evidence, proceeded further to issue a summons for the trial of the accused persons, for the offenses allegedly committed by the accused.
Netflix – an OTT platform made and telecast a documentary series – titled “Bad Boy Billionaires” on 05.10.2020, on the Life and growth of Sahara Group Chairman Shri Subrata Roy Sahara along with Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi.
Saharas have also filed a Civil Suit for recovery of damages against M/s Netflix India Ltd, LLP, and their directors, producers, etc., for an amount of Rs. 500 crores (Rupees Five Hundred Crores) for the time being, in the Competent Court at Alipore, Kolkata. The Court has already issued summons to the accused/ defendants for their appearance and submitting defendants’ reply/evidence.
Earlier Sahara has strongly reacted to the Netflix series – ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ and said it is completely baseless which is way beyond the facts. Just to gain commercial benefits Netflix has created an ill-conceived, spiced-up commercial film full of sensationalism with the title ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ at the cost of the image of Sahara Group which is unacceptable and highly objectionable.