WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 21, 2018, 07.50 AM
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi may miss the Jaipur Literature Festival after the Rajput Karni Sena workers threatened him to not enter Rajasthan.
Furious over giving Sanjay Leela's Bhansali's controversial film Padmaavat a green signal, the Karni Sena said Joshi will be welcomed with 'shoes and chappals' if he dares to come to the state.
Prasoon Joshi is scheduled to address a session titled 'Main aur Woh: Conversations with Myself' on January 28. Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi are regulars at the festival.
Earlier, the Rajput Karni Sena had threatened to burn cinema halls
that screen the film, after the Supreme Court cleared the release of the film in four states - Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
In its interim order, the apex court said all states are constitutionally obliged to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident during the screening of the film after permission has been granted by the CBFC.
Meanwhile, the Karni Sena threat has sent alarm bells ringing and the police department is planning to deploy a battery of senior officials, along with security personnel, during JLF to prevent any untoward incident.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria assured a smooth functioning at the lit fest and said he will provide additional security to Joshi if required.
We will provide all protection he needs from us. It is our duty to maintain law & order: Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Rajput Karni Sena's threat that 'Prasoon Joshi (CBFC chief) won't be allowed to enter the state' #Padmaavatpic.twitter.com/1OgoO8qu8i