On Thursday, Delhi High Court issued a notice to the producers of the film Monica: the Politics of Murder after corporate lobbyist Niira Radia approached the court for a "permanent injunction" against the release of the film. Radia alleged that the movie depicted her private life in a "scandalous manner".
Produced by Kush Bhargava, a Lucknow-based Congress leader, the movie stars award-winning actor Ashutosh Rana and is scheduled to be released tomorrow.
Justice VK Jain has asked Bhargava to file a copy of the film's script or provide a CD by the next date of hearing.
Radia, Director of Vaishnavi Corporate Communications Private Ltd, has been in news after the leakage of her tapped conversations with corporate heads, journalists and political leaders.
"Any film showing the life of the petitioner, however, minuscule and the production of the film in such a brazen manner and public viewing of such film will tarnish or damage her image and reputation beyond repair," said Anip Sachthey, Radia's counsel.
The alleged exhibition of Radia as the "mother of all scandals" would not only "mutilate her soul, denigrate the person but reduce the plaintiff to a situation of emotional abandonment," the petition said.
The petition also said, "In the case of ordinary citizen who is not a public figure is entitled to the right to privacy which is protected under Article 21 of the Constitution and that the said right shall take precedence over all other rights of the public."
Justice Jain then held, "If you speak to public figures and discuss matters, which relate to the affairs of the state, then you cannot claim that such things, if communicated, violate your right to privacy."
But while serving the notice, the court held, "In any case, neither the script nor the VCD of the film is before the court and without looking on them, how can an opinion be formed?" Earlier, the courts had watched a movie based on slain bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi to ensure the rights of such people are not infringed.