SC dismisses plea against Padmavati, leaves decision on Censor Board

A still from Padmavati

The Supreme Court today took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices - including several chief ministers - against the film Padmavati, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The movie would be released overseas only after it is cleared by the CBFC, Harish Salve, the counsel for the film producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, told the court. Discussions between citizens were one thing, but how could people in public office make such comments, the court said.

The Supreme Court was critical on CM's of all five BJP ruled states for commenting on Padmavati before the CBFC certifying the film against its release slated on December 1 has been deferred for time being. "That will prejudice the decision of the CBFC?" "If court cannot pre-judge, we are surprised how anybody else can pre-judge the film under the law".

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Chief minister Nitish kumar said the state government will not release without "amicable solution" for all parties involved. SC also chastised the government officials and Chief Ministers for making derogatory comments on the film without watching it. The new release date is yet to be unveiled by the filmmakers.

Dismissing the appeal for an global ban, the Supreme Court also slammed the petitioner, advocate M L Sharma, for seeking criminal prosecution of the filmmakers, terming it a frivolous petition.

Last week, the apex court had dismissed a plea which sought deletion of some scenes from the film calling them objectionable.

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