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'Will examine options to again approach SC': MP minister on Padmaavat

By Vikas

With the Supreme Court rejecting petitions seeking modification of the order which had barred states from banning the movie Padmaavat, Madhya Pradesh Law Minister Rampal Singh on Tuesday said that they may approach the apex court over the issue again.

Madhya Pradesh Law Minister Rampal Singh

Singh told news agency ANI that the state government would abide by the Supreme Court's decision, adding that the sentiments of the people should also be respected.

"We will also explore options to again approach SC," he said.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that they would work towards ensuring that law and order situation in the state does not go out of hand.

"Our review petition in Supreme Court has been rejected as well. Now, we have no other alternative but to ensure law & order situation in the state and that we will do," he said.

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 top court said.

[SC refuses MP, Rajasthan plea to ban Padmaavat]

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 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.

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