HC refuses to grant stay on Mah govt ban on 'Deshdrohi'

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Mumbai, Nov 17 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today refused to a grant stay on the ban on the screening of controversial Hindi film 'Deshdrohi', depicting the divide between Marathi and non-Marathi speaking people in Maharashtra, imposed by the state goverment.

A division bench, consisting of Justices S B Mahse and Amjad Sayed, while disposing off the petition moved by producer-actor Kamal Khan challenging the ban, in its order directed the state goverment to give a fresh hearing to the producer till Thursday and take some suitable action on it.

The petition was filed by Khan contending that the censor board had already cleared the film after censoring certain parts and it has been already released in the other parts of the country. Hence, imposing a ban on it in Maharashtra will be in violation of the freedom of expression, guaranteed by the Constitution, he added.

On November 13, the Maharashtra government imposed a ban on a suggestion by the Mumbai police, fearing it may affect law and order in the state.

The film has now been banned for two months, after which it will be reviewed again, a source said.

Khan, besides producing the film, also plays the lead in the film.

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