Padmaavat protests: Supreme Court to hear plea by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh today

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 22) deferred the plea of the states Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh seeking the modification of apex court previous order staying the ban on the release the film Padmavat.

The petition has requested the court to review its order that lifted the ban on the government-imposed ban on the movie.

As the release date is approaching, there are a lot of protests happening in multiple states especially Rajasthan.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also restrained any other state from issuing such notifications and orders prohibiting exhibition of the movie.

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Apart from Deepika, the film starres Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.

The film which is expected to release this week on January 25 continues to face opposition and pressure from protestors and the right-wing group Shri Rajput Karni Sena.

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Earlier, the apex court refused to entertain a plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma who claimed that the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to "Padmaavat" was illegal. The organization of the Rajput community had further staged blockades by burning tyres on the road connecting Ujjain to Nagad, Dewas to Maksi and Agra to Kota. On Sunday, Rajput women took out a "Chetavani Rally" wielding swords in Chittorgarh on Sunday (22 January).

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"On Sunday, we contacted around 100 cinema halls in the National Capital Region and they have given in writing that they will not screen the film", said Karni Sena spokesperson Vijendra Singh.

Earlier the film was slated to release on Dec 1, 2017.

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