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SC Refuses to Stay Release of Madhur Bhandarkar's Indu Sarkar

Image: Twitter/ Official Poster of Indu Sarkar

Image: Twitter/ Official Poster of Indu Sarkar

As the Supreme Court says, national interest and right to know is more important than individual's claim of reputation.

A woman who has been claiming to be late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi’s daughter moved the Supreme Court seeking stay of the release of filmmaker Madhu Bhandarkar's much talked about film Indu Sarkar. "You give your memo. We will see to it. We are not giving any date," said the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A.M.Khanwilkar as counsel for the petitioner Priya Singh Paul mentioned the matter for an early hearing as the film is releasing on July 28.

In the latest development, the Supreme Court has refused to stay release of Indu Sarkar. As the Supreme Court says, national interest and right to know is more important than individual's claim of reputation. There can't be fetters on people's right to know, the Supreme Court maintained. It also mentioned that there shouldn't be a concept of stopping movies or books, and since Censor Board has cleared it with cuts, it won't interfere.

For the unversed, Paul told the court that the film was "full of concoction and totally derogatory" to malign the image of Sanjay Gandhi and his mother, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The petitioner had moved the top court as Bombay High Court had dismissed her plea on July 24, noting: "The filmmaker has submitted a disclaimer that will be shown before the movie saying all characters and incidents of the movie are fictitious and bears no resemblance to any living or dead person. The censor board has also already granted certificate to the movie after initially asking the filmmaker to cut some scenes."

The High Court had also said that none of the descendants of Sanjay Gandhi have objected to the film.

(With inputs from IANS)


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