SC watches banned Punjabi movie Sadda Haq,fate still hanging

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Sadda Haq
New Delhi, April 26: The Supreme Court on Friday, April 26 watched the controversial Punjabi movie -- Sadda Haq which has been banned in Punjab, Delhi and in many other states in the country.

A bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, Justice Anil R Dave and Justice Vikramajit Sen along with senior counsel Fali Nariman, Rajiv Dhawan, and Additional Solicitor General Rebecca John too watched the film inside the apex court premises.

The counsel for Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi too were peesent at the screening of the film which is said to be based on the events in the 1980s and 1990s when the state suffered from militancy. The ban on the film came after several senior government officials, including chief secretary of the state watched the film and decided to put a ban.

The apex court earlier had upheld the ban on the movie which was released worldwide on April 5. It is feared that the movie may create communal tension in the sensitive areas of the country.

Protesting against the state governments' decision of not allowing the screening of the movie in the states, the producer - Kuljinder Sidhu filed petition in the Supreme Court. The Sadda Haq (Our Rights) team urged the court to lift the ban.

However, the apex court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, Justice Anil R Dave and Justice Vikramajit Sen refused to take any hurried view on the aptness of the ban on the movie.

The petitioner claimed that the state governments imposed the ban even after the film received No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Central Board of Film Certification.

Clarifying his stand of moving the apex court, the producer was quoted as saying, "...I tried to meet deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal in Delhi but I got no appointment. Hence I had no option but to file a petition with the Supreme Court against the ban."

"The film was banned to maintain communal harmony in the state and it won't be released in theatres till further orders," said a statement from the government.

The film is said to glorify the Khalistan movement and its leaders Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, Balbir Singh Rajoana and Jagtar Singh Hawara.

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