Big B & KBC producer in trouble for defaming lawyers
A local magistrate’s court in Ahmedabad issued notices to the producer of TV quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) and Amitabh Bachchan, host of its Season-7, among others after a complaint alleged that its promos present the legal profession in a “derogatory” manner.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S V Parekh asked all seven respondents, in an application filed by advocate Davinder Singh Rakkad, to file their response by August 21 when he would hear the case again.
“Promos of the popular quiz show being telecast widely on Sony Entertainment TV channel, shows lawyers and their profession in a derogatory manner,” Rakkad said in his complaint.
Rakkad also demanded legal action against show producer Siddharth Basu, host Amitabh Bachchan and five others associated with the show, under Section 500 (defamation) and other provisions of the Information Technology Act.
In support of his contention that KBC promos showed lawyers and their profession in a “derogatory” manner, he has cited scenes from promos and submitted a compact disc with visuals as well as transcripts of all its dialogues.
The complainant has said that in a scene in the promo, an advocate screams “I object”, while thumping his hand on the table in a court room, when another lawyer by his side prompts him saying “First, let the court proceedings begin”.
Citing other scenes, Rakkad has alleged that such depiction of lawyers is not only “derogatory” in nature but would also “negatively inspire” people either not to join the profession or to leave their practice.