Nanak Shah Fakir: Apex court okays release

Nanak Shah Fakir: Apex court okays release

New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that its earlier interim order for release of the Punjabi film, Nanak Shah Fakir, would continue till further hearing of the case.
Headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, the bench set May 8 for further hearing.
The apex court issued notice to the film maker on the SGPC's (Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee) plea to vacate its order for release of the Punjabi movie.
The Supreme Court had on April 10, Tuesday, directed to release the Punjabi film, 'Nanak Shah Fakir' all over India and criticised SGPC for attempting to stop its screening.
The apex court had passed the order after hearing from the Producer of the Punjabi movie, and the SGPC and others.
Once, the apex court ruled, the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) grants the due permission through issuing a certificate for release of a film in theatres, no one has any right to stop its public screening.
Accepting senior advocate, R S Suri's argument that it infringes the fundamental right of expression of the film maker, the bench, had said, no individual or group can assume authority of CBFC to stop or allow screening of a film.
The Supreme Court had also asked all states to ensure smooth release of the film 'Nanak Shah Fakir' in their territories and ensure that no one created law and order situation.

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