SC to consider plea against release of 'Padmavati' abroad

SC to consider plea against release of 'Padmavati' abroad

SC to consider plea against release of 'Padmavati' abroad

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to consider on November 29 a fresh plea against the proposed release of controversial film 'Padmavati' outside the country on December 1.

Within days of rejection of his plea for prosecution of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and producers Viacom18 Motion Pictures for "character assassination," advocate M L Sharma sought permission from the top court to file another petition for alleged misrepresentation of facts in the film.

He mentioned the matter before a three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. He submitted that the filmmakers had wrongly claimed that the approval for release of songs has been obtained from Central Board of Film Certification.

Sharma said social harmony would be gravely disturbed if the film was released in the United Kingdom on December 1.


The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, ordered, "List the matter on 29th November, 2017, subject to curing of defects, before the appropriate Bench as per the roster."

The court, on November 20, had declined a second time to consider a PIL against film Padmavati, saying it would amount to prejudging the movie as the CBFC was yet to take a call on it. The court had termed Sharma's petition   "premature". In view of protests across the country over protrayal of Padmavati as "having a relationship with Allaudin Khilji" in the movie, various state governments, including that of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, decided not to allow its release.