SCI refuses urgent hearing of SGPC’s petition against Movie Nanakshah Fakir


New Delhi: As per media reports the Supreme Court of India on Thursday once again refused to halt the release of controversial Movie ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ and posted Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s petition against the film for hearing on Monday.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking vacation of its earlier order for release of controversial film Nanak Shah Fakir.

Film producer Harinder Sikka’s controversial Movie ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ is slated for release on Friday.

SGPC lawyer PS Patwalia mentioned it again at 2 pm before a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and requested him to advance the hearing from Monday to Friday.

“Nothing would be left on Monday…Please hear it on Friday,” he requested the CJI, who turned it down.

As the Bench told him that as a senior advocate he could not mention a case, advocate Satinder Singh Gulati tried to make the same request to the court.

But the Bench said, “You can’t mention it twice.”

The SGPC, which approached the Supreme Court against the release of the film, has contended that it was a statutory religious body having genuine religious grievance against anybody playing the role of a Sikh guru or his relative in the film.

The Bench said  in the morning that a film certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) did not require SGPC’s approval for its release for public viewing.

A statutory religious body like the SGPC cannot attack the certificate given by the CBFC to the film for screening in cinema halls, the Bench said in the morning while posting the matter for hearing on Monday, reads a note in The tribune.

“Once the CBFC gives clearance to a film, no one can object to its release without taking recourse to lawful means,” it noted.

Repeatedly requesting the top court to vacate its order for release of “Nanak Shah Fakir”, Gulati had mentioned the petition for urgent hearing before the CJI’s Bench in the morning.The SGPC said there was a resolution of the statutory body adopted in 2003, which said no one should depict the role of any Sikh guru or any of their family members.

The top court had on Tuesday cleared the decks for a nationwide release of controversial film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ on April 13, saying there cannot be any obstruction to exhibition of a film after grant of certificate by the CBFC.

Producer Harinder S Sikka, a retired Naval officer, had petitioned the Supreme court claiming that the SGPC had recently banned the release of the film.

Issuing notice to the Centre and all states, the Bench asked them to ensure that law and order was maintained and no one was allowed to create any disturbance in states where the film was released.



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