It was a testing time for director Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Aiyaary’ that released today. On one hand, the movie was hitting the theatres and on other, it had to face the hurdle related to the Adarsh Society Scam, where the Cooperative Society members stated that the film showed them in a bad light. However, in a big relief, the Supreme Court rejected the plea filed by Adarsh Cooperative Society members to stay the release of the film starring Manoj Bajpayee and Siddharth Malhotra in lead roles. The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra dismissed the plea of the Cooperative Housing Society which sought a stay on its release.
The apex court said that movies don’t influence the court’s judgment. The SC comment came after the society mentioned the film was likely to defame its members and can adversely affect the trial of the case related to the Adarsh scam. The film also came under the scrutiny of The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) when the members of the film board wanted the film to be screened for the officials of the Defence Ministry. The Defence Ministry, then, asked for some changes to be made in the movie, following which the film was cleared with a U/A certificate. Meanwhile, Aiyaary that was slated for a 26 January release hit the screens today after many changes due to the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. The film also stars Rakul Preet Singh and Naseeruddin Shah in pivotal roles.
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The Adarsh housing scam was unearthed in November 2010. The following year, an FIR was registered against 14 people, including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, for criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Chavan had to quit as chief minister in 2010 over charges that he brazenly flouted rules to help his relatives in getting flats in the housing society, which was originally meant for army veterans and war widows. In December 2017, the Bombay High Court set aside the governor’s sanction to prosecute the Congress leader in the Adarsh housing scam. The 31-storey Adarsh apartments were built at Colaba in a posh South Mumbai locality for 1999 Kargil war heroes and war widows.