In a big blow to Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments, Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed their plea seeking to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. The top court has ordered the states to abide by its earlier order.
While dismissing the plea Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said that “states must comply with the Supreme Court order.”
“A statutory body, CBFC, and a court has passed an order allowing it, so please abide,” said the CJI.
The Supreme Court said that the state governments had stated that “the release of the movie ‘Padmaavat’ will create a law and order problem, when it’s the duty of the state government to maintain law and order.”
"Don't watch if you don't want to but there can't be a ban on the screening," asserted the Supreme Court.
Justice AM Khanwilkar while pulling up the concerned state governments said,
“You yourself are accepting that you are incapable of maintaining law and order.”
The third justice in the case who was hearing the plea, Justice Chandrachud said,
"We will not modify our earlier order. Otherwise these people will make a virtue of creating trouble. They will first create trouble and then make a virtue of it"
Reacting to the Supreme Court's order Karni sena's Mahipal Makrana said that 'janta ki adalat' is bigger than the Supreme Court.
"Cinematography act has a provisions that even after the Supreme Court's decision, the Centre can ban a movie. Regardless, if the movie gets released, we will have a 'janta curfew'," said Makrana.
Meanwhile, a hearing on the Padmaavat matter was also going on in the Jodhpur High Court. During the hearing, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's lawyer said that they are ready to show the film in court but they need proper security for that.
High court then asked the government Lawyer to give guarantee of security. Now, next hearing in this matter has been scheduled February 2.
In the earlier hearing, the High Court had said that "first show the film to us than we will further hear the case."
Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the petitions filed by the governments of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan concerning the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat.’
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to hear on Tuesday the interim applications of both the states seeking modification of the apex court order allowing exhibition of the movie.
On January 18, the Supreme Court lifted the ban on the movie imposed by the 4 states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra slammed the respective state governments for banning the movie.