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Nothing offensive in PK , says High Court

Bajrang Dal activists protesting against the release of PK in New Delhi.– FILE PHOTO

Bajrang Dal activists protesting against the release of PK in New Delhi.– FILE PHOTO  

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said there was no substance in the allegations made in a public interest litigation that the Aamir Khan-starrer movie, PK , had defamed and maligned the Hindu culture and Hindu religious practices. The Court refused to entertain the petition against the film.

Hearing the public interest writ petition, moved by Ajay Gautam, a Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw said, it did not find anything offensive in the movie or any substance in the petition. “What is wrong in the movie? You cannot take offence at everything,” the Court told the petitioner.

Mr. Gautam claimed that there were certain sequences in the film which had the potential of hurting religious sentiments of Hindus, while the Central Board of Film Certification had failed to give a serious consideration to this aspect while granting the certificate for its release in cinema halls.

The Bench said it would pass a detailed order on the petition later. Additional Solicitor-General Sanjay Jain, opposing the petition, said a similar matter had recently come up before the Supreme Court, which had dismissed the plea for restrictions on screening of PK . When Mr. Jain said there was a provision for appeal against the CBFC’s decision on certification of films, the court said the right of appeal was limited to the film-makers.

The petitioner contended that film had made a mockery of Hindu gods and Hindu way of worship in a “most unwarranted manner.”

Refuses to entertain plea against the film

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