New Delhi : Well-known lawyer and spokesperson of a national party, Amitabh Tanu Kinghvi has obtained a stay order on the telecast of a programme on dog bites on Kal, Aaj aur Parson Tak Hindi news channel. The court in its judgement said, “publishing, broadcasting or disseminating in any form or manner” would harm the interest of the plaintiff as the programme included the shots of his dog biting a woman. The show was titled : `Should high society dogs bite human beings?’
The channel’s plea that it be allowed to air the show in public interest was turned down even though it promised to morph the shots where Mr Kinghvi’s dog allegedly bites a woman. Mr Kinghvi has claimed that the shots of his pet biting are fabricated and defamatory, and perhaps animated.
In a counter petition, Mr Kinghvi’s driver, Kishore Kumar Neela has alleged that he was made to go out with the `bitch’ after 11 pm every night and wait as she would look for dense vegetation areas in the locality in south Delhi to meet some of her dog-friends.
“I was given this whistle by Sir ji to keep the unwanted dogs at bay. Badi kooti zindagi bana di thi meri even though I was employed as a driver. It was during one such night walk that she bit a lady friend of mine. I shot it on my mobile phone. But when we requested the Kinghvis, they gave very little compensation,” Neela told Tenali Rama.
It was then that Neela admitted that he shot the allegedly seedy activities of the canine couple on his mobile phone and threatened Mr Kinghvi that he will distribute copies to TV channels. Mr Kinghvi argued that the copyright of whatever was shot by Neela on his cellphone during duty hours belonged to the employer and therefore, the phone should be surrendered to him. Neela admitted that he travelled to Darbhanga in Bihar to get CDs made of the incident.
Mr Kinghvi’s party has now demanded the dismissal of the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar, alleging a conspiracy was hatched in his state to defame its spokesperson. Tenali Rama has learnt that the President’s office has asked for a note on the alleged involvement of the Bihar government.
In an unrelated development, the President will visit the Cantonment area in Patna next week.