Bombay High Court slams rightist group seeking ban on Padmavati

According to reports, Padmavati may release in February after its producers decided to postpone the movie. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 08, 2017, 05.40 AM (IST)

The Bombay high court on Thursday slammed rightist group for asking ban on Sanjay Leela directed Padmavati and sending death threats to artists on Thursday.

Referring to the threats made to them, a bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre said that it was distressing to know that a person makes a feature film and several people work tirelessly towards it but are not able to release it because of continued threats.

The bench further asked that “In which other country do you see threats given to artists and performers? What have we come to?” 

The court also emphasized that this was censorship of a different kind and it is damaging India’s image.

Judges added that “In this country, we have come to a situation where people cannot voice their opinions. Every time a person says he or she wants to voice their opinion, somebody or a fringe group says they would not allow it. This does not augur well for the state.” 

“What concerns us is India’s image and reputation as a democratic country. We are the largest democracy. We cannot take pride in the happenings of such incidents a day in and day out. We are cutting a very sorry figure,” the judges said.

Judge also stressed on the fact that if this is happening to well-financed people and what would happen to the poor?

The strong remarks were made while the judges were hearing a petition filed by family members of Dabholkar and Pansare. 

Family members of Dabholkar and Pansare seeking court Supervision on the murder probe of Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.

The court also slammed CBI and CID for not arresting the main suspects of the murder of Dabholkar who was killed in 2013 and Pansare who was killed in 2015.

"We cannot allow such serious matters to linger for years. We cannot allow constitutional rights to be taken away. Enough damage has been caused already. Has any senior official from the two agencies bothered to find out why the probe is not getting any head away?" the court asked.

The case has now been posted for next hearing on December 21.

According to reports, Padmavati may release in February after its producers decided to postpone the movie.