SC to consider fresh PIL against Padmaavat on Jan 29

SC to consider fresh PIL against Padmaavat on Jan 29

A fresh plea was made before the Supreme Court on Wednesday for deletion of some "objectionable" scenes from controversial movie 'Padmaavat', amid large-scale protests across the country.

The top court agreed to hear the petition by advocate M L Sharma on January 29.

Sharma, in his petition before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, sought urgent hearing. He submitted that he has filed a fresh  plea as the film producers had not  kept  their promise to remove the objectionable scenes from the movie.

The development comes a day after the apex court rejected a plea by Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan governments and Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha to reconsider the January 18 order lifting ban on screening of the film. The court had said when the movie has been cleared by the CBFC, a statutory body, people can't come on to streets and say that there is a law and order problem.

Despite the apex court's order that everyone should comply with its direction not to prevent screening of the film, incidents of arson and vandalism were reported from various parts of the country by fringe groups.

Genesis

A day after clearing decks for all-India release of 'Padmaavat' from January 25, the Supreme Court had on January 19 rejected a plea by Sharma to cancel the CBFC nod to the film on the ground of serious threat to life, property and law and order.

Earlier on November 28, the apex court had dismissed a plea by advocate Sharma in his PIL, the second, for a CBI FIR against film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for defamation of the historical character 'Padmavati,'   former queen Padmini of Chittor in Rajasthan. The court had then noted the film was yet to be cleared by the CBFC. It had also objected to people sitting in high offices commenting on the movie.

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