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Ever since Netflix's first Indian original series was released, it has been dragged into several legal issues. The main legal issue concerning the series was usage of a certain derogatory word against the former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, and misrepresentation of facts regarding Indian history. Congress members and Hindutva supporters had filed a plea against Netflix, the makers and actors of Sacred Games. In the recent hearing, Netflix told the Delhi High Court that they won't be changing the subtitles.
Senior advocate Chander Lal, who is the legal counsel for Netflix, told the Delhi High Court, "My instructions are that we don't want to change the word". The matter is being heard by the bench of judges that consists of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekar.
The bench told during the hearing, "Nobody is pressing or forcing you. You take your own decision, whether you want to change the word or not. We are not going to compel you". The next hearing is postponed to September 2018.
The Delhi High Court had told in the previous hearing that, criticism and expression of dissatisfaction were permissible and it did not want to curtail anyone's right. Congress member Rahul Gandhi also spoke about freedom of expression and tweeted in favour of Sacred Games, saying he wasn't bothered by the way his father Rajiv Gandhi was portrayed in the series.
He tweeted, "BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right. My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that." - (sic)
The initial complaint that was filed was against the cast of the series too. However, in the previous hearings, the court said that the actors can not be held liable for the subtitles, as they were enacting their characters.
Amidst battling legal issues, Sacred Games has already begun shooting for the next season and it is believed that the upcoming episodes will hold more twists. Reports are saying that despite Ganesh Gaitonde's death, other characters such as Guruji and Bunty will be taking the story further. However, Saif Ali Khan has hinted that Vikram Motwane won't be directing the next season.