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SC strikes down ban on release of ‘Padmaavat’

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed a ban on controversial movie ‘Padmaavat’ imposed by four states, ensuring an all India release of the film on January 25, 2018.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, today stayed the orders issued by Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh governments prohibiting the release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film.

The bench also restrained any other state from issuing any such notifications and orders prohibiting exhibition of the movie. It observed that the states are obliged to maintain law and order.

The producers had approached the apex court challenging the notification and orders issued by the states prohibiting the film’s release.

Senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, representing Viacom 18 and other producers of the movie, told the bench that states have no power to issue such notifications when the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has given a certificate of release.

The bench posted the matter for further hearing in March.

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, ‘Padmaavat’ is based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat.

In north India, fringe groups like the Karni Sena have been protesting the release of themovie saying it “distorts history.