OTT platforms in India are given a leeway to produce content on interesting subject matters. But recently, the Delhi HC recently stopped Netflix from airing a documentary on Pradyuman Thakur’s murder case.

Netflix over the course of the last couple of years have pioneered the art of producing captivating true-crime thrillers, but it will not be able to air the documentary as an earlier court order prohibits the use of victim’s and accused’s real names.


Since the advent of OTT platforms, a surge in the production of true-crime shows and documentaries is being witnessed. Making a Murderer, Killer Inside, The Devil Next Door are just among the plethora of such pieces of content that are available on Netflix.

Recently, the US-based streaming platform Netflix was about to release a documentary called “A Big Little Murder”, based on the cold and still open case of Pradyuman Thakur murder case. The airing is currently suspended as the Delhi HC restrained the airing of the documentary and ruled-

“The defendants are restrained from streaming, broadcasting, telecasting etc, the documentary titled “A big Little Murder” or any of its abridged versions.”

The HC also added that the documentary may be permitted to be streamed-

“after deleting all references to the plaintiff school in question and deleting the portion where the building of the school is depicted.”

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The Pradyuman Thakur Murder Case

The Pradyuman Thakur murder case is a convoluted piece of real-life murder that has is still very much open and the justice to accused is still awaited to be given.

8-year-old Pradyuman was killed in the toilet of his Bhondsi on September 8, 2017. Initially, the bus conductor who found Pradyuman’s body in the bathroom was charged with murder. During interrogation, he confessed to the crime.

The First Twist of the Terrifying Tale

Many thought that the story was over, but there was a twist that came in the tale. The driver was later found not guilty of the charges. The driver confessed that after being tortured by the Haryana police, he falsely confessed to the act. Soon, the CBI cleared him and he was released on bail.

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Case Sent to CBI, Class XI Student Arrested

After receiving a lot of pressure from the public, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar sent the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In November 2017, the CBI arrested a Class XI student from School. The student was found in the CCTV footage as he was seen exiting the bathroom at the time of attack.

Evidences Pile Up

CBI also claimed that they established a connection that the knife which was recovered from the washroom was purchased by the same student from a local market. The CBI interrogated the student and uncovered that the student was not a good academic performer and had to write 3 more examinations and further attend a parent-teacher meeting.

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The Final Justification, Father of Student Accuses CBI

A statement by the CBI read that the student-

“…believed that a sensational act would either force the school to shut down for a few days or create enough disruption to cancel the exams and the parent-teacher meeting.”

Meanwhile another twist in the tale came when the father of the class XI student accused CBI of torturing the son to dig out a false confession.

What did the Delhi HC say?

In the Delhi HC, the plaintiff claimed that the visuals shown in the Netflix documentary were in violation of an order passed by a previous session judge where the court had asked the names of the people involved to be safeguarded for the privacy and reputation of all parties involved.