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SC holds firm on Padmaavat ban against MP, Rajasthan, Karni Sena appeals • Rohatgi, Naik rep Viacom

Padmaavat: A truly epic court case
Padmaavat: A truly epic court case

The Supreme Court has dismissed all intervention applications filed by various organisations, including the Karni Sena, for intervention in the writ petition in which it had cleared the screening of the movie Padmaavat on 18 January.

The court also dismissed the applications filed by the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh seeking modification of its earlier order, seeking to be allowed to suspend or ban screenings of the film in their respective states if there was a law and order situation.

On behalf of Viacom 18 Media senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi argued today, while senior counsel Shyam Diwan and Harish Salve also argued for the 18 January order. Naik Naik & Co managing partner Ameet Naik also appeared for Viacom.

Advocate-on-record Mahesh Agarwal was acting for Bhansali Productions and Viacom.

Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta appeared for the two states.

The bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said, according to LiveLaw:

We are not inclined to entertain the applications for modification. We find no merit.

Look we have passed an order. 100 people cannot create some problem and the state cannot say there is a law and order problem. Let us not come to a stage where exhibition of a movie of this nature after issuance of certificate is crippled.

Let people who don’t like the movie not watch it.We are not going to modify our order.

Obviously referencing that the majority of the movie was based on a work of fiction written by a Sufi poet in the 16th century, Justice DY Chandrachud added that “your whole petition is based on the premise that the film is a distortion of history”.

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