Court lifts telecast ban of sex clip

Bhubaneswar: The Civil court (Senior Division) here on Friday lifted the restriction it had imposed on the telecast of a sex video tape allegedly showing  city mayor Ananta Narayan Jena in a compromising position with a woman. The court, in its order has also asked Student Congress president Itish Pradhan to refrain from making any defamatory statements against Jena without possessing any ‘proof.’

The court cited that it didn’t find any ‘justifiable reason’, as mentioned by the mayor in his petition, to stop telecast of the video.

“This squarely goes to show that the petitioner has not come to the Court clean hand…..So the case of the petitioner cannot be discarded and it cannot be held that the plaintiff/petitioner has not come to the Court in clean hand for which he is not entitled to protection U/o. 39 Rule 1 and 2 CPC even if he has been able to establish the three ingredients which are required to grant interim injunction”, the court said.

On 17 December, the Court has restrained the telecast of the sex clip which had been uploaded by a web portal and later brought to the media’s notice by Pradhan. The video had raised a storm with Opposition parties demanding the scalp of Jena.

The court in a later date will hear the defamation petition filed by Jena against Pradhan and the portal’s proprietor, Pradeep Pandey, for maligning his reputation.

Friday’s court order, for the ruling party, seems to be a setback for the ruling BJD, as the Opposition parties in all probability are set to re-launch their attack on BJD during the ensuing panchayat polls.