NATIONAL

Ban on film suspended

New Delhi Sept. 26. The Supreme Court today suspended an order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court banning the release of the Hindi film, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum, paving the way for its release. The High Court, acting on a public interest petition had banned the screening of the movie till scenes pertaining to singing of the national anthem by an NRI's son at a foreign school were deleted, as it felt that it was an affront to the national anthem.

The court had directed the producer and director to withdraw all prints of the film from the market, including its video copies, till the "offensive portion" was deleted.

But a Supreme Court Bench, comprising the Chief Justice V. N. Khare and Justice S. B. Sinha, suspended the High Court order and issued notice to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) on two appeals filed by producer and director Yash and Karan Johar challenging the High Court order.

The Bench, while suspending the ban order, took note of the Union Government's instructions not making it mandatory for the audience to stand up while watching a film or a documentary in which the national anthem was played.

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