In a bizarre incident related to protests against Padmaavat, a youth today climbed a 350 feet tall mobile tower in Bhilwara town of Rajasthan on Monday, with a bottle of petrol in hand. He, however, got down only after being assured by the local administration that no case will be filed against him.Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, the Supreme accepted pleas to hearRajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments. Both state governments are seeking the recall of top court’s January 18 orders clearing docks for clearing screening of Padmaavat in theatres across the country. Both state governments say that the release of the film would create “law and order” problems.
Last Thursday, the apex court gave way for the nationwide release of film on January 25 by lifting the ban ordered Gujarat and Rajasthan on the screening. During the hearing, the court also restrained other states from issuing similar orders. After the counsel for both states mentioned the interim plea seeking modification of the order that permitted screening of the film, the Supreme court bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said, “List the applications for hearing tomorrow.”
Appearing on behalf of movie makers, senior advocate Harish Salve opposed urgent hearing on the pleas. He said that saying it was very unfortunate the way things were happening even after top court’s order. Two groups that have been protesting against the film’s release, Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena and Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha, have moved the top court urging their views as parties, opposing its release of Padmavat on the ground that it hurt the sentiments of the people of the community.
Earlier, the Haryana Government said it will implement top court’s order staying the ban imposed on the film. “It’s good if some theatre owners do not want to screen the film, but those who want to, they will be provided full security,” Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was quoted as saying by PTI.