Supreme Court to hear Rajasthan, MP govts’ appeals against Padmaavat release

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Gandhinagar: Members of Sri Rajput Karni Sena shout slogans during a massive protest rally against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie Padmavati, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on Sunday. PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar(PTI11_12_2017_000117A)

On Monday, the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh state governments moved the apex court challenging its January 18 order on Monday letting the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ on January 25th. A bench headed by Chief justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud approved to hear the plea on Tuesday.

The interim applications of both the states looking for a change in the Supreme Court order allowing exhibition of the movie. The states alleged that section 6 of the Cinematograph Act allows them to stop showing of any controversial film on the grounds of probable violation of law and order. Appearing for Viacom 18 producers of the Bhansali’s Padmaavat, the senior advocate Harish Salve disinclined immediate hearing on any such interim submissions. The top court, on the other hand, decided to hear the applications on Tuesday. On January 25, the top court had made the road clear for the nationwide release of ‘Padmaavat’ by settling the ban on its showing in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The court also suppressed other states from issuing any such notification or order of banning the screening of the Deepika Padukone-starrer film.

Despite the fact that Madhya Pradesh and Haryana governments have not issued any formal order so far. However, it has been declared that the screening of the film won’t be allowed in these states. The top court, however, preserved that the states were under a constitutional duty to maintain law and order. It also added that this duty also contains giving police protection to people who are involved in the film, its exhibition and the audience watching it.

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