SC dismisses plea against Padmavati, leaves decision on Censor Board
New Delhi : Dismissing plea to stop release of 'Padmavati' movie outside India, Supreme Court bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said it is upto Censor Board to decide.
The apex court also advised people holding public offices not to issue any such statement as these acts can influence the decision of Censor Board.
The bench said, "When the matter is pending the consideration of the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification), how can persons holding public offices comment on whether CBFC should issue certificate or not? That will prejudice the decision of the CBFC?"
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, on the other hand, has already assured Supreme Court that the film will not be released in any country till the final certification is not issued by the Censor Board.
ML Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against Bhansali and others for various offences, some of which allegedly included defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act, a PTI report stated.
The bench which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud termed Sharma’s plea as "misconceived", but did not impose cost on the lawyer, considering he has been a practising lawyer of the apex court, the report added.