The Delhi High Court has restricted Channel News Asia (CNA) and Netflix from broadcasting and streaming the documentary “A Big Little Murder”, which reportedly shows with the 2017 Ryan International school murder case (St.Xavier’s Education Trust Vs Mayurica Biswas, Media Corp digital Network and Netflix Entertainment Services LLP).
The direction was given in a suit moved St Xavier’s Education Trust (plaintiff-school), which presented that the name of the school and visuals of the school’s buildings have been used elaborately and usually in the documentary without taking consent.
It was more looked out that a coordinate bench of Delhi High Court had already restricted the release of a book on the same matter by order dated January 22, 2021, since it included references and used the name of the plaintiff school.
Following these orders, the defendants were restricted from publishing, packaging, releasing, offering for sale, selling and displaying on their website the ‘Book’ or any part thereof, the Court was notified.
After hearing the submissions, Justice Jayant Nath stated an order restricting the OTT platforms from streaming the documentary. Notice was issued to all respondents and the matter has been scheduled for further trial on October 22, 2021.
The documentary in question has been produced by Mayurica Biswas and was to be released on the website of CNA and Netflix this month.
The documentary deals with the death of a seven-year-old student in a school washroom on September 8, 2017. The trial, in this case, is pending before an Additional Sessions Judge in Gurugram.
The High Court was informed that the broadcast of the school’s visuals and the use of its name in the documentary was also in infringement of the order passed by the Gurugram trial court on January 8, 2018.