New Delhi: As per media reports the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday cleared the release of the controversial movie ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’, which violates the sikh tenents, on April 13.
The court criticised the apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for putting restrictions on the release of the movie.
A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said once the statutory body like the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has cleared the movie, no individual has the right to impede its release.
The Bench asked all the states to maintain law and order and ensure smooth screening of the film.
The petitioner Harinder Sikka, the producer of the film, had approached the Supreme Court seeking protection of the Fundamental Right of speech and expression and the propagation of religious views which, he alleged, was being curtailed by certain section of the people having vested interests in scuttling the release of the movie.
He had received a communication on March 30 from SGPC asking him not to release the film.
In 2015, the producers of the film had decided to withdraw the movie from cinema halls across the country and other parts of the world after protests from religious Sikh groups.
A month ago, the film producers again announced the movie’s release for April 13 after which various Sikh outfits started raising objections seeking a ban on the grounds that depiction of Sikh gurus and other historic Sikh figures in films is considered blasphemous.
Now, the SGPC too has urged the Central and state governments to ban the screening of the movie keeping in view the Sikh sentiments.