Pooja Bhatt, others discharge from obscene posters case

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Mumbai, Jul 14 (UNI) A local court today discharged film producer Pooja Bhatt and others from a case filed against them for displaying obscene posters of her film 'Rog', due to lack of concrete evidence.

A case was filed by one Vinod Jain against the Fish Eye Network director Pooja Bhatt, Shreeya Creation and Sujit Kumar Singh, who later filed a discharge application on the grounds that the poster, displayed in the city, was not an ''obscene'' one.

Ms Bhatt has been accused of displaying obscene posters of her film 'Rog' in the year 2004. The posters portrayed the film's actress Illena Hammam, a South African national.

While passing the order, Metropolitan Magistrate G R Wankhede today upheld defence advocate Sujog Parab's earlier contention that there was no sufficient evidence against his clients.

He also told the court that a similar case has been pending in the Bombay High Court and cited several rulings of the court in support of the argument that his client should be discharged from the case.

After pronouncement of the order, Advocate Shitla Pande, appearing for complainant Vinod Jain, told mediaperson that ''We have faith in our judicial system, but after getting the detailed order, we will challenge the order in Sessions court.'' Mr Pande said ''My client felt that obscene posters were being displayed at public places, which is against Indian culture.'' The poster in question portrays Hamman, clad in scanty clothes.

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