Screening of film 'Nanak Shah Fakir' will continue, says SC
(Sourced from PTI)
The Supreme Court today made clear that its interim order permitting the release of the regional film "Nanak Shah Fakir", based on the life of the first guru of the Sikhs, shall remain operational. The court said it will hear on May 8 the submission and the counter on behalf of the film producer and the apex Sikh religious body, SGPC, on the same.
The movie has already been released, except in Punjab, senior advocate RS Suri, appearing for the film's producer, told the bench which comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the fundamental issue was to see whether the life of Guru Nanak Dev has been portrayed in the right manner or not.
Senior advocate PS Patwalia, appearing for the SGPC, referred to the 2003 notification of the apex Sikh body that had categorically stated that no person can be allowed to portray the life of 10 Sikh gurus, their family, and the "Panj Pyaras". The court had on April 10 criticized SGPC, the apex religious body of the Sikhs, for imposing restrictions on the film.