The Delhi High Court on Wednesday declined to give an urgent hearing to a public interest litigation by Hindu Sena national president Vishnu Gupta, who had sought to “stay the streaming” of the film Adipurush.
A Vacation Bench of Justice Tara Vitasta Ganju and Justice Amit Mahajan declined the plea urging the court to list the matter for hearing soon.
Mr. Gupta’s counsel said the plea is already listed for hearing on June 30 but the purpose of the petition would be defeated by then.
“What are you restraining when it is already released? As of now, I am not convinced there is an urgency. Please come back on that day [June 30],” the High Court said, observing that the movie has already been released and the date of release was known in advance and no case was made out for an urgent hearing.
According to the petition, Adipurush has hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community by depicting religious characters and figures in an inaccurate and inappropriate manner, which is contrary to the description in the Ramayana authored by writers such as Valmiki and Tulsidas.
The petition sought directions from authorities to cancel the film’s certification and immediately ban it.
The counsel for Mr. Gupta said there are many “controversial parts” that are even hampering international relations as Nepal had banned the film. The counsel claimed that the film’s director Om Raut had earlier assured that the problematic parts would be removed but did not do so and released the film.