Himachal Pradesh government while welcoming the decision said that the people of the state must respect art and cooperate in maintaining the law and order in the state.
A day after the Supreme Court cancelled the ban notification on the film Padamavat by as many as four states, Himachal Pradesh government while welcoming the decision said that the people of the state must respect art and cooperate in maintaining the law and order in the state. “Supreme Court has already said it will receive a nationwide release. I appeal people to respect art and co-operate. No untoward incident must take place. It has been said that it is a film worth watching and has plenty of good elements in it” Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur was quoted as saying by ANI.
Earlier today, his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that advocate general has been asked to go through the Supreme Court order before taking a decision on the screening of the film in the state. “We have told the state advocate general to study the Supreme Court order. After this, we will see if we have to say something in the honourable apex court. We have not taken any decision so far,” Chouhan was quoted by PTI as telling reporters during a function in Bhopal.
On Thursday, the top court stayed the orders and issued by the Rajasthan and Gujarat governments banning the screening of the film, clearing the decks for the film’s release across the country on January 25. The top court had asked other states not to issue such orders banning the screening of the film. The bench also felt that it was the duty of state governments to maintain law and order.
“We direct that there shall be a stay of operation on the notification and orders issued and we also restrain other states from issuing such notifications or orders in this matter,” the court said in its interim order, as per the agency. The Madhya Pradesh government did not issue any official order to ban the film. However, the CM had recently hinted that the movie not is permitted to be released in his state. On January 12, he had said, “Jo kaha tha, wo hoga (What I said, would happen) as per PTI.