Padmaavat: SC rejects plea to delete objectionable scenes

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Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition, seeking to delete some of the controversial scenes from filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, A.M Khanwilkar and D.Y Chandrachud said that the film has been cleared by the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

“A point has come… you must leave this cause,” Chief Justice Dipak Misra told advocate M.L. Sharma who was arguing for deletion of scenes which were not “conducive to harmony” in society.

Petitioner Sharma said that on November 20, 2017 the court had struck off six paragraphs of his petition as it felt that they were not conducive to harmony in society.

“Pleadings in a court are not meant to create any kind of disharmony in the society which believes in the conceptual unity among diversity,” the apex court had said by its November 20 order.

Recalling the order which read “…what has been struck off by this court should not be used otherwise”, Sharma said what could not survive in his petition in written form can’t be there in the film.

Previously, the top court had rejected several pleas of Sharma, seeking ban on the movie on various grounds.

On January 18, the Supreme Court thrashed the petitions of the states and directed them to allow the release of ‘Padmaavat’.

Produced by Via 18 Media Pvt Ltd, ‘Padmaava’t stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

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