SC agrees to hear pleas of Rajasthan & MP against release of Padmaavat

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi.

File Photo of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi.

A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to hear the interim applications of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh seeking a modification of the apex court order that allowed the controversial Bollywood film Padmaavat to be screened across India from January 25.

The applications will be heard on Tuesday by the apex court.

On Monday, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh moved the Supreme Court seeking a recall of the January 18 order.

The states claimed that section 6 of the Cinematograph Act empowers them to stop exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of law and order.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Viacom 18, the producers of the film, opposed urgent hearing on any such interim applications. The court, however, agreed to hear the applications on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court had on January 25 paved the way for the nationwide release of ‘Padmaavat’ by staying the ban on its screening in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The apex court also restrained other states from issuing any such notification or order banning the screening of the movie.

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, is based on the saga of historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.

Haryana and Madhya Pradesh governments had not issued any formal orders but had stated that they would not allow the film to be released in the state. Maintaining that states were under constitutional obligation to maintain law and order, the apex court had said that this duty also includes providing police protection to persons who are involved in the film, its exhibition and the audience watching it.

Meanwhile, the Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, staged blockades in Ujjain in MP. Members of the outfit burnt tyres on roads and took out protest marches.

(With inputs from agencies)