Mumbai: The makers of the yet-to-be-released Bengali film "Dark Chocolate", which is based on the Sheena Bora murder case, today told the Bombay High Court that it was based on the information available in the public domain and there was no scope for defamation.
A division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and G S Patel was hearing a petition filed by former media baron Peter Mukerjea, one of the arrested accused in the case, opposing release of the film on the ground that it would violate his fundamental right to free and just trial.
The director of the film Agnidev Chatterjee and the producers today filed their reply which said Mukerjea's claim that he would not get a fair trial if the film was released casts aspersions on the integrity of the judiciary itself.
"Since the case information is in public domain, there is no cause for defaming the accused," the affidavit said. Chatterjee had earlier informed the court that the film's shooting was over and the post-production work was going on.
The court had at the last hearing asked the producers not to release anything other than the already-released online trailer till further orders.
The hearing was adjourned till the next week.
The film stars Mahima Chaudhry in the role of Indrani Mukerjea and Riya Sen as her daughter Sheena.
Indrani, the prime accused in the case, allegedly killed Sheena in April 2012 in a conspiracy with others, but the murder came to light only last year.
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