Verdict comes after marathon arguments by lawyers

The Madras High Court on Tuesday night stayed the Tamil Nadu government’s ban on actor-director Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam , paving the way for the film’s release in the State on Wednesday.

“Considering the totality of circumstances, the orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC should be kept in abeyance,” Justice K. Venkataraman said in his order passed after 10 p.m. Earlier, he heard arguments for over six hours during the course of the day on the validity of the two-week ban. He also restrained the State government from interfering with the release of the film in Tamil through an interim injunction.

It was a long day for lawyers and Kamal Haasan fans, with the general public too joining in, as everyone anxiously awaited the court’s verdict on the validity of the ban . There was heavy police deployment at important junctions on roads leading to the court building.