Apex court ordered all States to ensure that the law and order
The Supreme Court stayed the notifications and orders passed by certain States to prohibit the exhibition of the Censor Board-certified moviePadmaavat ,
saying its “conscience is shocked” that States have guillotined creative rights.
The apex court ordered all States to ensure that the law and order situation is maintained during the screening of the film across the country.
Gujarat and Rajasthan had issued notifications on January 5 and 17, respectively, prohibiting the screening while Haryana had in principle agreed to a ban on exhibition. Madhya Pradesh had made statements that it intended banning the screening of the movie in theatres.
The movie portrayed the 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.
Many groups were up in arms about the portrayal of Queen Padmavati in the film.The court ordered the States to protect the artistes and the people involved in the movie from threats.
It further forbade States from passing any order, notification which amounts to a prohibition of the exhibition of the movie.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said a film may bomb at the box office or people may choose to not watch it, but the States cannot use their machinery to prohibit its exhibition citing risk to public order.
The three-judge Bench, led by the Chief Justice, said in a detailed order that it is “the duty and obligation of the State to maintain law and order.”