Supreme Court rejects plea filed by Manohar Lal Sharma against release of Padmaavat

    A day after the Supreme Court lifted the ban imposed by several states on the film Padmaavat in the petition filed by Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd & Ars v/s Union of India & Ors [ Read order here], the Apex Court today i.e. January 19, 2018 refused to entertain another plea filed by Manohar Lal Sharma against the film.

    The Court firmly said that the court’s job is to function as a “constitutional court” which it did yesterday and that the job to maintain law and order is the responsibility of the Government and not the court of law.

    The Petitioner Manohar Lal Sharma had contended that the Censor Board clearance to the film was “illegal”, and added that its release may create law and order problems.

    Manohar Lal Sharma had earlier filed a criminal writ petition against Sanjay Leela Bhansali which was disposed of by the Apex Court vide its order dated November 20, 2017 on the ground that the film had not yet received its CBFC certificate and the Court’s interference in the writ petition would tantamount to pre-judging the matter. [Read order here]