UP refutes charge on film ban

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday refuted before the Supreme Court that there was any ban on screening of 'Muzaffarnagar The Burning love' in certain districts.

The film was made on a love story of a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl in the backdrop of the 2013 riots.

A state government counsel, advocate Sanjay Kumar Tyagi submitted before a three-judge bench presided by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that there was no ban on the movie in districts of Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Shamli, Saharanpur, Baghpat.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, recorded the "unequivocal" statement made by the state counsel and disposed of a petition filed by film producer, Morna Entertainment Private Ltd.

The court, however, gave liberty to the petitioner approach again, in case it faced any problem in exhibiting the movie in theatres.

The petitioner contended the film was certified by the Central Board of Film Certification on July 14 and was scheduled to be released on November 17 all over the country but the film distributor has backed off for exhibiting in certain districts on verbal instructions from the district authorities.

The producer sought direction for unhindered release of the movie, contending that otherwise, it would violate its fundamental right to equality, freedom of speech and expression, and to carry out trade and profession guaranteed under the Constitution.

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