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PIL puts Kai Po Che in the dock in HC

A public interest litigation (PIL) has demanded the cancellation of the Censor Board certificate granted to Hindi film Kai Po Che on the ground that a scene in the movie shows Hindus in bad light with reference to the 2002 Gujarat riots.

A public interest litigation (PIL) has demanded the cancellation of the Censor Board certificate granted to Hindi film Kai Po Che on the ground that a scene in the movie shows Hindus in bad light with reference to the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The PIL argued that such presentations would deepen the rift between the two communities created after the communal riots.

The court has kept the hearing on the petition on June 20 after the petitioner said that he will present an official DVD of the movie before the court to take a decision after watching it.

The petition has been jointly moved by Bhautik Bhatt and Valmik Patel.

According to the petitioners’ lawyer,the movie has certain scenes that are “defamatory” as they show Hindus in bad light.

“It shows that the Hindus had victimised the Muslims without any reason. It completely ignores the Godhra train-burning case that was followed by the 2002 riots.

It shows a biased attitude towards Hindus and defames the community,” said the petitioners’ lawyer.

He added that they had sought either to remove the objectionable part from the movie or to cancel the Censor Board certificate granted to it. The petitioners sought the court to pass an interim order to prohibit the circulation of the film’s DVDs in the market and a ban on its broadcast on TV.

However,the court said it could not pass such an order without watching the movie.

During the hearing of the petition,the petitioners’ lawyer read out a paragraph from Chetan Bhagat’s novel,Three Mistakes of My Life,on which the film is based. The court observed that the language (of the paragraph) did not look decent.

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“A chaste writer cannot write like this. It looks like pornographic language,” Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya observed.