Deshdrohi ban lifted

The Bombay High Court on Friday set aside the ban imposed by the Maharashtra government on the screening of Deshdrohi in the state.

Published:January 10, 2009 1:31 am

THE Bombay High Court on Friday set aside the ban imposed by the Maharashtra government on the screening of Deshdrohi in the state.

In November 12 the state had banned the film as it deals with the controversial issue of Marathi manoos.

A division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice DY Chandrachud observed: “For its purpose of convenience and its inability to control situations the state cannot transgress on fundamental rights of the citizens.”

The state government had moved an application for a stay on the lifting of the ban,seeking time to move the Supreme Court. The bench,however,rejected the plea.

Justice Chandrachud,in his individual order,said: “Though we have increasingly become vulnerable to violence from outside the nation,as recent events would show,it is important in the time of crisis to reaffirm,rather than revise,our commitment to our core constitutional values.”

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