Notice to govt over film shoot on HC premises

Notice to govt over film shoot on HC premises

The High Court of Karnataka issued a notice to the state government on Wednesday over the shooting of a film on the court's premises.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar was hearing a petition filed by Amrutesh, a practising advocate.

He had moved the court seeking an investigation into his complaint with regard to allowing the shooting for the film on the high court's premises, which is a complete breach of security.

The petitioner said actor Vinay Rajkumar had done the film shooting on August 15, 2017, as part of a Kannada movie 'Ananthu v/s Nisrath'. The photo shoot was done at the Advocate Association Library, he said.

The petitioner quoted the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, which prevents the improper use of the name or pictorial representations of Parliament, state legislatures, the Supreme Court or high courts.

In an earlier hearing, the petitioner had asked how could the court security personnel permit a photo shoot, when they check cameras and other gadgets brought by the press and scan every yellow board vehicle thoroughly.

He had also stated that he had filed a complaint with the Vidhana Soudha police on October 14, 2017, regarding the incident, but no action had been taken so far. He also lodged a complaint with the registrar of the high court.

He had approached the court seeking directions to the police for a probe on his complaint so that further security violations on its premises could be avoided. He also urged the court to direct the arrest of people involved in the incident.

The matter was adjourned by two weeks.

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