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Novelist’s case dismissed in India

Bradford's petition doesn't halt 'Karishma' series

BOMBAY — India’s highest court dismissed a petition on Monday filed by bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford to stop the broadcast of a 600 million rupee ($13 million) series, “Karishma — The Miracles of Destiny.”

In her suit, Bradford stated that the Sahara Television skein drew from her novel “A Woman of Substance” about a woman who becomes successful against the odds. Sahara said the soap, India’s most expensive, was based on a story by a film scriptwriter.

Earlier, Bradford got a stay from the Calcutta High Court compelling Sahara to pull the show off the air a day after it was launched on May 12.

It resumed two weeks ago after a higher bench of the court lifted the stay following an appeal by the channel.

Bradford then took the matter to India’s Supreme Court.

“This judgment will further embolden infringers to violate intellectual property rights in India, especially by the Bollywood community, who continuously duplicate bestselling films and books,” New York-based Bradford said, adding she would not pursue the matter.