Pooja Bhatt case: Order deferred till July 7

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Mumbai, May 15 (UNI) A local court today reserved its order till July 7 on the discharge application filed by actress-turned-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt who has been accused of exhibiting obscene posters of her film ''Rog''.

On the last occasion, Metropolitan Magistrate G R Wankhade had fixed May 15 for passing an order on the petition. But, as the respondent did not turn up in the court today, the judge deferred the order till July 7.

Advocate Sanjog Parab, representing Ms Bhatt, had argued before the court that the poster, which was displayed in the city, was not an ''obscene'' one. Besides, there is no specific definition of ''obscenity'' in the course of law, he had argued.

Mr Parab told the court that a similar case is pending in the Bombay High Court. He cited several rulings of the court in support of his argument that his client should be discharged from the case.

Advocate Shitla Pande, appearing for complainant Vinod Jain, told the court that opinion of people about obscenity would be different. ''My client felt that obscene posters were being displayed at public places, which is against Hindu culture.'' The poster in question portrays a South African model, Ilene Hamman.

UNI ST SR/MAZ LS SSC1551

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