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Karishma battle enters next round

Calcutta, June 13: The second round of the legal battle over beaming Karishma — The Miracles of Destiny began in Calcutta High Court today with lawyers representing Barbara Taylor Bradford building their case of copyright infringement against Sahara Manoranjan.

The writer has accused the multi-crore TV serial starring Karisma Kapoor of plagiarising her bestseller, A Woman of Substance. The Supreme Court had stopped the screening of the mega serial after just one episode was aired on May 12.

After a series of hearings, the Supreme Court stayed all previous proceedings and referred the case back to Calcutta High Court.

Today, affidavits were filed by Sumit Roy, chief executive officer, Sahara Entertainment, Akasdeep Sabir, producer of the serial, Sachin Bhowmik, story-writer, and Rafiq Talukdar, screenplay writer.

A reply affidavit was placed before the high court by the author’s lawyers.

Appearing for Bradford, Justice P.C. Sen produced the transcript and tape of an interview given by Akasdeep to a film magazine, where he is said to have admitted that his serial was based on Bradford’s novel.

A Mumbai court today issued summons against Bradford and journalist Pammi Somal in a criminal defamation case filed by Bhowmick, adds PTI.

Bhowmick has alleged that the two made derogatory statements against the screenplay writer in interviews to newspapers and magazines.

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