Amid Padmavati protest: SC says ‘can’t put restriction on freedom of expression’

New Delhi: Amid Padmavati row, Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a petition to put restriction on a film based on Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal.
Filmmakers and writers should be the allowed to enjoy freedom of speech and expression, the Supreme Court said in connection with the film, An Insignificant Man that is set to be released on November 17, quotes Hindustan Times.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said: “Courts should be extremely slow in passing restrain order” as there can’t be curbs on the freedom of speech and expression.
Nachiketa Walhakar, who petitioned against Kejriwal’s film, had allegedly thrown ink on Delhi CM in 2013. He told the court that, a footage of the incident was showed as a part of film’s promotion.
The SC’s order comes at a time when there is a countrywide protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati.