SC refuses MP, Rajasthan plea to ban Padmaavat
The Supreme Court has rejected petitions seeking modification of the order which had lifted the ban on Padmaavat.
The court rejected the challenge made by the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh which had sought for a reversal of the earlier order of the SC which lifted the ban on the movie.
States must abide by our earlier order. We will not get into watching the movie as our perceptions may differ, we are not historians the court said.
The Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Governments had moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of the order which lifted the ban on the movie Padmaavat. Both governments had said owing to law and order problems and sentiments, the movie cannot be screened in their respective states.
The two states said that maintaining law and order is their constitutional duty. Preventing the release to maintain law and order is part of the same duty the states also contended.
Last week, the producers of the film had moved the court seeking to lift the ban imposed on some states in the movie. The states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan had banned the release of the movie.
The Supreme Court while lifting the ban said that it is the constitutional duty of a state to ensure that law and order are maintained and security is provided. The court also rejected another petition which sought a ban on the movie. The court said that once the CBFC has certified the film, a question of a ban does not arise.