Acting swiftly after government lifted the ban on Vishwaroopam, Kamal Haasan on Monday withdrew his petition before the Madras High Court challenging the ban, a move that could see the early release of his movie.

Justice S. Rajeswaran before whom the matter came up allowed the actor and government to withdraw pleas after they expressed their desire to do so following a compromise between Kamal and Muslim organisations, which had opposed it claiming some scenes, offended their sentiments.

Clearing the way for screening the movie, the ban on it was lifted by the government on Sunday, ending the week-long standoff between Kamal and the Muslim outfits.

District Collectors revoked prohibitory orders, under which the release was banned on January 23 after the outfits came out strongly against the spy thriller.

Kamal had said he would announce the release date after consulting his technical team on the cuts, besides informing the Censor Board.