New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea to stop the release of the Padmavati abroad and took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film.
The court said the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra dismissed the fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it abroad. "We are governed by the rule of law. "When the matter is pending before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for grant of certificate, nobody holding a responsible position should comment as it would amount to violation of the principle of the rule of law."
Lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offenses including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.
The bench which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud termed as "misconceived", the prayers sought by Sharma in his fresh petition and said that the court cannot pre-judge a movie which is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The irked bench, however, did not impose cost on Sharma keeping in view the fact that he has been a practising lawyer of the apex court.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said:
(With inputs from agencies)