The makers of Udta Punjab got a major relief as the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the plea of an NGO to stay the release of the film. Human Rights Awareness Association, an NGO, had yesterday moved the apex court to stall the screening of the film which focuses on the widespread drug menace in the agrarian state.
A vacation bench of justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and L. Nageswara Rao, however, granted liberty to the NGO to approach the High Court with its prayer.
“We are not interfering in the matter. We are not going into the merit. Liberty granted to the petitioner to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court which is seized of the matter,” the bench said.
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Appearing for Phantom Films, Senior Counsel Meenakshi Arora said the CBFC had already given the certificate and the film had already released overseas.
She said the film is scheduled to release across 8,000 screens countrywide on Friday.
On June 13, the Bombay High Court had cleared the decks for the release of ‘Udta Punjab’ after ordering deleting of a urination scene and displaying a revised disclaimer as per which the makers would have to delete reference to Pakistan.