Court directs authorities to hold special screening of film

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Pune, Apr 16 (UNI) A local court today directed Yerawada jail authorities to make suitable arrangements within the jail's premises for screening of controversial film 'Mudrank', for fake stamp paper scam accused Abdul Karim Telgi by April 22.

The film, allegedly based on the life of the prime accused in the inter-state multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, ran into trouble even before it was released, as Telgi had objected to it.

Junior Civil Judge A M Gondane said the film can be shown at a special screening within the jail's premises.

The court allowed lawyers from both parties (Telgi's and the film producers) to watch the film.

Film producer Bhagwan Sounger and writer-director Shakeel Sheikh, who were present in the court, has sought permission for the release of the film. They argued that it was 'imaginary' and not based on the life of Telgi.

However, defence counsel Advocate Koshe argued that from reports, there were too many similarities between the prime accused and the main protaganist of the film, whose name was stated to be ''Velgi'', along with all the characters that played a role in the 'stamp scam.' ''We have been seeking permanent injunction of the film, as Telgi has several cases against him in various courts at different places and since the matter was sub - judice, whatever was shown should not evoke reaction from the public,'' he said.

The court has fixed the next hearing for April 23.

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