Rajasthan And Madhya Pradesh Moves To Supreme Court To Seek Right To Stall “Padmaavat” Release
January 24, 2018
After facing opposition and trouble screening the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film “Padmaavat”, the SC finally approved for releasing the film. Even after few modifications and change of the name, the film continues to face new problems from states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. These 2 states moved to the Supreme Court for stalling and suspending the rights to release the film in these states.
Saurabh Mishra, the additional advocate general and S S Shamsharey the counterpart of Rajasthan filed an application representing the two BJP rules states. These states have observed violence against the film “Padmaavat” that is set to be out on January 25, 2018. The application requested for a bench headed by Dipak Misra the Chief Justice for an imperative hearing.
The additional advocate general Mishra mentions that “There cannot be any doubt regarding the duty of the state to maintain law and order and to provide protection to persons involved in the film, or in the exhibition of the same. However, this duty of the state to maintain law and order cannot be seen in conflict with the power of the state to suspend exhibition of the film. Doing so would render Section 6 of the MP Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1952 otiose (irrelevant). The power under Section 6(1) is available despite the state’s obligation to maintain law and order.”
Dipak Misra, the Chief Justice headed the bench on January 18 and restrained the banning orders by the BJP ruled states like Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and MP and stated that after any film getting a certification by the CBFC, no state has the power to ban the exhibition of the film.
Harish Salve, the senior advocate who appeared for the distributor, director, and producer of film “Padmaavat” mentions that although the court directed to release and restrained the ban on the film on January 18th it is disappointing the way things are taking place. However, these two BJP ruled states are trying to show by the decree that they are authorized to ban the film for preventing the complications of the law and order.