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Supreme Court Dismisses Petition Seeking Stay On Padmavati's Release

Padmavati shall not be released abroad unless there is certification by film censor board. Justice Dipak Mishra pronounced the order

Supreme Court Dismisses Petition Seeking Stay On Padmavati's Release

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking a stay on the release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' film.

The court also took a strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.

Padmavati shall not be released abroad unless there is certification by film censor board, said a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.The bench which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud termed as "misconceived", the prayers sought by Sharma in his fresh petition and said that the court cannot pre-judge a movie which is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The irked bench, however, did not impose cost on Sharma keeping in view the fact that he has been a practising lawyer of the apex court.

Sharma was seeking direction to delete certain objectionable scenes from the movie. The plea filed by Sharma also sought prosecution of filmmaker Bhansali. Earlier on November 10, the apex court rejected the petition filed against the release of Bhansali's magnum opus Padmavati, saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not yet issued a certificate to the movie.

The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception. The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.

Details are awaited...

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