Indian states seek last-ditch 'Padmaavat' ban amid violent protests

States Worrying About Padmavat Release

States Worrying About Padmavat Release

With the decision of the Supreme Court setting aside notification issued by the Madhya Pradesh Government banning the release of Hindi movie "Padmaavat", the State Government is in dilemma.The Government does not know what to do in the new scenario.

The apex court had, on January 18, 2018, paved way for the nationwide release of the movie on January 25 by lifting the ban put by states like Gujarat and Rajasthan on its screening.

A bench including chief justice Dipak Mishra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud agreed to hear the plea filed by the two states Rajasthan and MP. The states claimed that Section 6 of the Cinematograph Act empowers them to stop exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of law and order and the power must remain open.

In November, after meeting Rajput community leaders, Chouhan had announced that the film would not be allowed to release in the state.

The tussle on the release of Padmaavat still not resolving.

"We have told the state advocate general to study the Supreme Court order".

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said the government respects the court's order and will provide security at theatres that screen Padmaavat, The Times of India reported.

The urgent petitions, which the court will hear on Tuesday, were lodged a day after fresh protests against the film.

Despite the order of SC, protesters have not backed down especially in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The Bench made it clear that "once Parliament has conferred the responsibility and power on a statutory Board and the Board has certified the film, non-exhibition of the film by States is contrary to statutory provisions".

It is the responsibility of the State to maintain law and order and the government should make its level best in this direction, he added.

The movie stars Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, the husband of Padmavati, and Ranveer Singh as Khilji who leads an invasion to try to capture the queen.

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