Padmaavat Row: Supreme Court dismisses plea challenging CBFC certification


New Delhi, Jan 19: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea challenging CBFC certificate granted to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmaavat. 

“The Court has to function as a constitutional court and it has already yesterday in its interim order said that states can’t block a movie from screening”, said the three judge-bench of the apex court headed by  Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra.

The PIL, filed by lawyer ML Sharma, question the Censor Board’s certificate to the Deepika Padukone starrer iconic film. He claimed that the CBFC certificate issued to Padmaavat was illegal.

Sharma told the apex court that there could be “law and order problems in the country” and questioned, “If there are riots in the country after the release of the movie, who would be responsible?”

Rejecting the argument, the SC said law and order was a job of the states.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court gave green signal for the countrywide release of Padmaavat by staying notifications issued by governments in four states that prohibited its screening.


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