Rajput Karni Sena workers on Thursday allegedly vandalised a cinema hall in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district.
Hours after the Supreme Court decided to cancel the ban imposed by some states on the release of film Padmaavat, Rajput Karni Sena workers on Thursday allegedly vandalised a cinema hall in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. Speaking to reporters in Ujjain soon after the Supreme Court decision, Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi appealed to social organisations to help in not letting the film run on theatres across the country. “Will appeal to all social organisations in the country to help stop the film’s release across the country. People should impose curfew near cinema halls.”
Earlier in the day, the apex court rejected notifications issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat governments banning the screening of the movie, clearing decks for its release on January 25 across the country. The bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra and also comprised of Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked other states not to issue such orders of banning the film in their states. “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 bench said in its interim order.
Senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, who were representing filmmakers told the bench that states did not have any power to issue such orders when the film has been cleared by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The court then posted the matter for next hearing on the matter in March.Producers had approached the court challenging the order to four states, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, to ban the screening of the movie in their respective states. Representing Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the notifications were only issued only by Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Mehta urged the court to hear the matter either tomorrow or on January 22 as that would let states to go through documents and help the court. He added that there were intelligence reports on law and order situation in these states and that the CBFC too might not have gone into these aspects while clearing the film.