State Film Awards Ceremony postponed, directs Orissa High Court

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Monday issued directive to put the Odisha Film Awards Ceremony on hold following a writ petition filed by the director of a film. The ceremony was scheduled to be held tomorrow.

As per reports, the Court has issued directive for the re-evaluation of all the entries to the 27 categories of the awards.

The next hearing of the case has been scheduled on January 7, 2022.

“The ceremony scheduled to be held tomorrow will stand postponed. State, through its concerned functionary, will re-evaluate all entries for awards. On such re-evaluation, result will be made known to petitioner and all concerned. In event petitioner reports to this Court that his grievance has been taken care of or there is required adjudication, the ceremony will be held post order of disposal of the writ petition,” Orissa HC said in the order.

It is to be noted that Bobby Islam, the director of Odia film ‘Chhabirani’, based on the true story of the 1980 Chhabirani gangrape, murder, had moved High Court in this regard.

Also read: Odia film ‘Chhabirani’ based on the 1980 Gang Rape, Murder releases
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