Court refuses to stop Indian TV series

NEW DELHI: India's highest court rejected yesterday a petition by US-based author Barbara Taylor Bradford to halt an Indian television series she said plagiarised her novel, A Woman of Substance, a news report said. 

The Supreme Court dismissed Bradford's appeal against last month's order by the High Court in Calcutta, which allowed the broadcasting of the 260-episode series, Press Trust of India news agency said. 

However, the Supreme Court did rescind the High Court's order that Bradford pay damages of 150,000 rupees (RM12,388) to Sahara Media Entertainment for each week of delay her court challenge had caused the producer in the airing of the series. 

Bradford came to India in May to get the programme, Karishma: Miracle of Destiny, blocked from the air a few days before it was to be broadcast. 

The Supreme Court had issued an injunction on the broadcast until further arguments in the case could be heard, but Sahara appealed. – AP  

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