Bom­bay High Court dis­misses plea op­pos­ing re­lease of ‘Kedar­nath’

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MUM­BAI: The Bom­bay High Court dis­missed Thurs­day a PIL op­pos­ing the re­lease of Bol­ly­wood film "Kedar­nath" for al­legedly hurt­ing re­li­gious sen­ti­ments and "low­er­ing the dig­nity" of the epony­mous de­ity.

The film, star­ring Sushant Singh Ra­jput and Sara Ali Khan in the lead, is set to re­lease on Fri­day.

A bench of Chief Jus­tice Naresh Patil and Jus­tice M S Karnik heard all par­ties at length but dis­missed the pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL), not­ing that it was not main­tain­able.

The pe­ti­tion, filed by two lo­cal lawyers Prab­hakar Tri­pathi and Rameshchan­dra Mishra, claimed that the film, set in the back­drop of the 2013 Ut­tarak­hand floods, di­lutes the grav­ity of the calamity and hurt their re­li­gious sen­ti­ments.

"The sto­ry­line is imag­i­nary and the movie is an un­trust­wor­thy story of love be­tween a Hindu Brah­min girl and a Mus­lim boy con­nected with the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter of Ut­tarak­hand that took the lives of sev­eral Hindu pil­grims," the pe­ti­tion­ers said.

They claimed that the film "low­ered the dig­nity of Lord Kedar­nath".

The PIL was op­posed by the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) and the film's pro­duc­ers.

Ap­pear­ing for the film's pro­duc­ers, se­nior ad­vo­cate P Dakhep­alkar told the bench that the movie was just a love story that used Kedar­nath as its set­ting.

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