A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra dismissed the fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it overseas. "It will prejudice the mind of board members while taking a decision on the film", the Supreme Court said. The court also took "serious note of statements made by persons holding power or high office about the movie" and said it is tantamount to pre-judging it.
However, the lawyer M.L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and other for the offenses which include defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.
The bench which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud termed Sharma's plea as "misconceived", but did not impose cost on the lawyer, considering he has been a practising lawyer of the apex court, the report added.
SC Dismisses Plea Against 'Padmavati', Rebukes CMs for Speaking Against Film
His Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath had held the movie director responsible for hurting the sentiments of the Rajput community, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had sought edits in the film to remove "objectionable sequences". The story revolves around the queen Padmini of Chittore, her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and the adversities they face while fighting the tyrant ruler Alauddin Khilji. While it was supposed to hit the screens on December 1, the release date has now been postponed without declaring another date.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming historical drama Padmavati is facing a lot of issues.
Viacom18, the producers of Padmavati, deferred the film's release in light of increasing protests and threats.
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