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Film on Sheena case inspired by available information: HC told

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 05:35 PM IST

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Mumbai : The high profile murder mystery of Sheena Bora is once again in spotlight after former media tycoon Peter Mukherjea’s sister Shangom Das Gupta filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on the release of a Bengali film ‘Dark Chocolate’.

The film is reported to be inspired by Sheena’s murder mystery and in its ruling, the HC has called the petition to be ‘premature’ and asked the makers of the film to submit a reply to the petition.

On Wednesday, Monesh Prem, advocate representing the film makers submitted his reply but the court has adjourned the hearing till next week. “Our film is inspired by Sheena Bora murder and we have made a fictional movie based on the facts which are available to everyone on the web and also in the media reports,” said Monesh Prem, advocate. “The film is not making any conclusions or blaming anyone for the killing of Sheena; rather this films end portion shows CBI filing the charge sheet, and that’s it,” he added.

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In her petition Das Gupta has mentioned that she fears that the film will have the effect of impeding the administration of the judiciary and also that it would come in the way of Peter’s opportunity at a fair and impartial trial.

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The petition also says that the film can defame Peter. However, in the reply to the petition, it has been said the mention of the term ‘conspirator for Sheena’s murder’ has already been used by the CBI in its 500 pages supplementary charge sheet. Hence, it has been argued that the film will not defame Peter in any manner.

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The affidavit also points out the fact that the information regarding the Sheena Bora murder is easily available on the internet making it accessible and readable for everybody. Also the charge sheet details can be obtained by public following the due process.

The defense has also posed a question to Das Gupta that since media has done an extensive coverage of this case, so will the petitioner file a case on almost every news channel and news paper? “The petition also appeals to the Censor Board to reject the application of the film and not to examine the same. I don’t know which law in the country provides this,” Prem expressed.

It should be noted that the film was slated to release on 19th February but now due to this case, the film’s release is kept on hold.

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Published on: Thursday, March 03, 2016, 02:10 AM IST