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Chautala scam: Sony not to air episode

Posted on Feb 23, 06:47PM | IBNS

Mumbai, Feb 23 : Sony TV said it will not telecast episodes of its show 'Crime Patrol' on Saturday and Sunday that featured the teachers' recruitment scam involving former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala as the Delhi High Court restrained the channel from broadcasting the dramatized version of the case.

"Due to a Delhi High Court stay order, we will not telecast tonight & tmrw night's #CrimePatrol eps. Do I need to say anything more??!!" Sneha Rajani, Senior Executive Vice President & Business Head - SET (SONY Entertainment Television), tweeted on Saturday.

"One of the plaintiffs is former CM of Haryana. His address is stated as Tihar Jail No. 4. I rest my case! #CrimePatrol," she said.

Reacting on the matter, actor Vivek Vaswani tweeted: "@SnehaRajani stupid, ridiculous and inane! Are they THAT scared of Crime Patrol?"

Replying to Vaswani, Sneha posted: "Yes, they are THAT scared of the show!!"

Replying to another tweet on the issue, Sneha said: "Our archaic laws, judiciary & mindset (esp Govt) needs to change! Difficult for a broadcaster to find a way out of THAT!"

A Delhi court last month sentenced Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala along with his son Ajay to 10 years in jail in a teacher recruitment corruption case.

On Jan 16, Chautala, his son Ajay and 53 others were convicted of recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained teachers between 1999 and 2000 in exchange of money.

The scam is connected to the illegal recruitment of more than 3,000 teachers during Chautala's tenure (1999-2000).

Earlier, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had advised Sony TV to refrain from telecasting the Jan 11 episode of its "Crime Patrol-Dastak" featuring the Delhi bus gangrape and brutalization.

The Ministry had issued an advisory for Sony TV as well as other channels on telecast of the incident with dramatization owing to the sensitivity of the incident.