New Delhi, Jan 18: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the ban against Bollywood period drama “Padmaavat” in some states, saying it is vindication to artists rights and freedom of speech.
He stated, the apex court must be congratulated for upholding not just freedom of speech but artists’ rights to present story in the manner he/she wishes.
Sibal also expressed hoped that states should honor the verdict and don’t create hurdles in its implementation.
Earlier in a day, the Supreme Court paved the way for an all-India release for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” on January 25 by staying the operation of orders banning the release of the film by the Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana governments.
Staying the “notifications and orders” banning the release of the iconic film by the four states, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilklar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asserted the remaining states will not ban the screening of the movie.