The Netflix original film The White Tiger starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rajkummar Rao, and Adarsh Gourav dropped on the streaming platform on January 21. Hours before the release of the film worldwide, producers Sonia Mudbhatkal and John Hart filed a copyright infringement suit in the Delhi High Court against the film's producer Mukul Deora, his chartered accountant Sharad Seksaria and Netflix. The complainants claimed that they held the adaptation rights of Aravind Adiga's novel on which the film is based. Now, days after the release of the film, the producer duo have gone to the Enforcement Directorate, alleging that Deora used a cheque from a now-defunct Swiss bank, BSI, for "suspicious transactions for the project".
Reportedly, Hart and Mudbhatkal requested the ED for an investigation into the transactions. They also claimed that Netflix was aware of various shell companies of Deora. Meanwhile, Deora told a tabloid that there was no wrongdoing from their end.
According to India.com, Deora also told a leading publication, "I have full faith in the judiciary of India. On January 21, the Delhi HC rejected the plaintiffs and refused to stay the release of The White Tiger. I understand that the court observed that it was not possible, based on the material on record before it, to come to any prima facie conclusion that, by producing or releasing the film, the copyright infringement or transgressed the right of the plaintiff. The matter is currently subjudice."
Earlier, the Delhi HC had refused to stay the release of the film. The next hearing of the case will be held on March 22.
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