Mumbai : The Bombay High Court on Friday assured the petitioners that if it finds any offensive content in television serial ‘Buddha’ that hurts religious sentiments, it would be stopped, but at the same time maintained that it would not interfere if the issue is trivial.
A division bench of Justices S J Vazifdar and B P Colabawala was hearing a petition filed by Samta Sainik Dal and Buddhist Bharat Leni Samvardhan Sangathna, seeking the court to stop telecast of the serial based on Gautam Buddha on Zee TV as it is factually incorrect and hence hurts sentiments of his followers.
“If there is something really wrong in the serial and if it hurts religious sentiments then we will put a stop to it. But if the issue is trivial then we would not get into it. If there are two different philosophies followed in the religion, then we will not interfere,” Justice Vazifdar said.
The court issued notice to the Union and state governments, the serial’s producer B K Modi and Zee channel. The petition claimed that the serial’s portrayal of Lord Buddha was factually incorrect. It is showing buddha as an incarnation of Lord Rama which is not correct.
survey data forms: Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court directed the Union government to file its affidavit in response to a public interest litigation, seeking correction of the survey data forms of 2011-2012, which wrongly mention ‘Muslim’ in the religion column, instead of ‘Islam’.
A division bench, headed by Justice S J Vazifdar, was hearing a petition filed by a Nashik-based resident Aziz Pathan, seeking direction for the Central government through the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Census Department to withdraw the data forms, circulate corrected forms and then declare the survey report.
“In 2013, the petitioner learnt that the data forms wrongly contained the word ‘Muslim’ in the religion column instead of Islam,” the petition said.