Aiyaary Controversy: SC rejects the plea to stay on film’s release

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On Friday, the Supreme Court rejected a plea seeking a stay on the release of the Neeraj Pandey’s film Aiyaary. The Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society is a prime property in Mumbai’s posh Colaba area made for the welfare of war widows and defense personnel.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul rejected the plea of Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society that sought a stay on film’s release claiming the society and its member were projected in a bad light. The society had filed a petition in the top court asserting that the film will affect the reputation of its members. The society claimed that the film is based on Adarsh scam and its release might affect the continuing trial in the case. The senior Advocate Sanjay Hedge appearing for the society argued that an appeal is pending in the court with regard to the Adarsh housing scam and by the time clouds disappear, the common Indian is expected to not remember the court’s verdict, but what’s shown in the film.

Hedge added that names of highly decorated officers, who are members of the society, will be tainted. Rejecting the arguments made by the society, a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said, “We are going to look into this case because someone has some apprehensions. The Central Board of Film Certification has already given a certificate to the movie.” The court added that “The court will decide the issue on the basis of evidence and documents placed before it and not on the basis of celluloid depiction and theatrical language”.

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