SC refuses to stay release of film 'Ram ki Janmabhoomi'
The Supreme Court today refused to stall the release of film Ram Ki Janmabhoomi, which is scheduled to hit the screens across the country on March 29. A plea seeking to stall the release of the film was mentioned before a bench headed by Justice S A Bobde. The petitioner claimed that the release will vitiate the ongoing mediation proceedings in Ayodhya land-dispute case.
No connection between mediation proceeding and release of film: SC
However, the apex court denied the plea. "There is no connection between the mediation proceeding and the release of the movie," the bench said and listed the plea for hearing after two weeks. The film Ram Ki Janmabhoomi is directed by Sanoj Mishra and stars Govind Namdev and Manoj Joshi as lead. It revolves around the controversial issue of Ram Mandir.
Tolerance necessary if freedom of speech has to survive: SC
Hearing a similar petition, the Delhi-HC said yesterday that people will have to be tolerant if the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution has to survive. The court's observation came while hearing a plea filed by Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who claimed to be a descendant of Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking to stop the release of the same film.