The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to stay the release of the film Ram Ki Janmabhoomi, paving the way for it to hit theatres on Friday.
The court was hearing a plea seeking a stay in the movie’s release, with the petition claiming that the contents of the movie defamed the Mughals, and could create communal tensions in the country.
Justice Vibhu Bakhru directed the movie’s producer to arrange for a preview screening of the film for the petitioner, Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who claims to be a descendant of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar. The court also gave the petitioner liberty to approach the court again if he found any objectionable dialogue or scene in the movie.
With these directions the court disposed of the petition.
Earlier, the court had said that the people have to be tolerant if freedom of speech and expression, guaranteed under the Constitution, has to survive.
The film, directed by Saroj Mishra and produced by the Uttar Pradesh Shia Wakf Board Chairman, deals with the Ram temple issue.
SC refuses to grant hearing to stop release of film
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to a grant an urgent hearing to a plea to stop the release of the film Ram Ki Janmabhoomi, and remarked that a movie cannot affect the outcome of the mediation process ordered by it to try and settle the Ayodhya dispute. “If the parties want to settle the dispute, they will. If not, they will not. A movie has nothing to do with it,” a bench headed by Justice S A Bobde said. —ENS