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Padmaavat row: Allahabad HC issues contempt notice to CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi over the release of the film

Deepika Padukone in Padmaavat. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 17, 2018, 01.58 AM (IST)

The Allahabad High Court issued a contempt notice to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman Prasoon Joshi on Tuesday over the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat.

The notice was issued after Joshi failed to respond to a representation given by a petitioner seeking a ban on the release of the film. 

In November last year, the petitioner filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the high court seeking the ban on the film because it "promoted" Sati. The court dismissed the petition on November 9. However, the petitioner was given liberty to file a complaint under Rule 32 of 1983 with direction to decide the same expeditiously, if possible within a period of three weeks.

The petitioner filed a representation before the CBFC on November 13, but Joshi failed to respond to the same. At this, the high court issued contempt notice to Joshi.

(With agency inputs)