SC to hear Rajasthan, MP govts’ pleas on Tuesday against Padmaavat release

New Delhi: BJP-ruled Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its order allowing pan-India exhibition of the controversial movie ‘Padmaavat’.

The court has agreed to hear on Tuesday the plea against the movie which is set to be released on January 25.

States say they are empowered under the Cinematograph Act to stop exhibition of a movie on grounds of law and order.

The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the all-India release of the controversial movie ‘Padmaavat’ on January 25, and stayed notifications and orders issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat prohibiting exhibition of the film in their states.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also restrained any other state from issuing such notifications and orders prohibiting exhibition of the movie.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, observed that the states are obliged to maintain law and order.