SC strikes down ban on release ‘Padmaavat’

Supreme Court has cleared the decks for the all-India release of controversial movie ‘Padmaavat’ on the 25th of this month.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, today stayed the orders issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat governments prohibiting the release of the film, also restraining any other state from issuing any such notifications and orders. The bench observed that the states are obliged to maintain law and order.

The producers had approached the apex court challenging the notification and orders issued by the states prohibiting the film’s release.

Senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, representing producers of the movie, told the bench that states have no power to issue such notifications when the Central Board of Film Certification has given a certificate of release.The bench posted the matter for further hearing in March.

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