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TV serials: K'taka HC hears arguments on contempt petition

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Bangalore, Feb 23 (UNI) The Karnataka High Court today heard in part the arguments on a contempt of court petition against the producers of controversial serials ''Crime Diary'' and ''Crime Story'' being telecast on private Kannada TV channels--E-TV and Udaya TV.

In his complaint, city-based advocate Amaranath contended that the serials glorified crimes and caused immense harm to the society at large. Further the serials also hampered police investigation and came in the way of administration of justice as it telecast interviews of persons connected with the crime, he argued.

The idea of the court formulating guidelines for depiction/featuring of crimes was also mooted during the discussions.

The producers have contended that the serials were produced and telecast in exercise of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

Arguments were inconclusive when the court rose for the day and the Bench, comprising Mr Justice S R Bannurmath and Mr Justice Subash B Adi, adjourned it to March eight.

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