Aarakshan row: Maha govt to reply on PIL
Friday, August 05, 2011 (Mumbai)
The Maharashtra government will reply today on a PIL on whether the
release of Prakash Jha's Aarakshan could pose a law and order problem.
The hearing is expected around 3 pm.
The Censor Board has already given the film a UA rating after inviting
four persons from the reserved communities to view it at the board's
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday (Aug 3) issued notice to the
Maharashtra government directing them to file a reply on whether there
are possibilities of law and order problems after the release of the
film which has landed in a row for its alleged anti-reservation stand.
A division bench of Justices D D Sinha and A R Joshi was hearing a
petition filed by two advocates stating that the film is
anti-reservation and was likely to cause disharmony in the community.
"The Additional Chief Secretary of State Home department will file a
reply regarding possibility of law and order problems after the film
is released and if there is any problem, the state government is
well-equipped to handle the situation," Justice Sinha ordered.
The Petitioner's lawyer Sanghraj Rupwate argued that Jha, who had on
Tuesday (Aug 2) claimed that he would not screen the movie to any
political party, had earlier agreed to hold a special preview of the
movie for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. Counsel for Jha,
Venkatesh Dhond however refuted this and reiterated that the movie
will not be screened for any political party or leader before its
Jha had also refuted allegations that the movie was anti-reservation
and had in an affidavit said that the movie was based on the
commercialisation of education system in present society and was not
anti-reservation or Anti-Dalit.
Earlier, Amitabh Bachchan and director Prakhash Jha were asked to
cancel their scheduled interaction with students in Lucknow on
Thursday (Aug 5) to discuss the film.
Mayawati's government had said that the discussion with students could
pose a potential law and order problem. In a letter, officials said
that the scheduled meeting at Lucknow University could provoke
protests by political parties.
Mr Bachchan tweeted several times to express his disappointment:
"And now the bad news .. our Lucknow trip tomorrow cancelled because
the U.P administration withdraws all permission to conduct promo."
"The administration does not allow us to enter the city..unofficial
reports by police say they have instructions to arrest us if we do."
"They say it is a sensitive subject and do not want us to enter the
city even...without even seeing the film, duly Censored ?? Strange"
Mr Bachchan is now in Delhi for the next leg of the film's promotion.
The film also stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Manoj Bajpai.
It releases on August 12.
Read more at: http://movies.ndtv.com/movie_story.aspx?section=Movies&Id=ENTEN20110181610&keyword=bollywood&subcatg=MOVIESINDIA&nid=124461&cp
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