SC re­fuses to stay re­lease of Nanak Shah Fakir

The Asian Age - - Nation - J. VENKATESAN

The Supreme Court on Mon­day re­fused to ban Hindi film Nanak Shah Fakir as it only at­tempts to glo­rify the life of Guru Nanak Dev and does not in any man­ner den­i­grate his teach­ings.

A three- judge bench of Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra and Jus­tices A. M. Kan­wilkar and D. Y. Chan­drachud re­jected the sub­mis­sions made on be­half of the Siro­mani Gu­rud­wara Pra­ban­dak Com­mit­tee that por­tray­ing of any of the 10 “gu­rus”, their fam­ily mem­bers and “Panj Pyare” on the sil­ver screen is pro­hib­ited.

While re­fus­ing to bury the ar­gu­ment ad­vanced by se­nior coun­sel P. S. Pat­walia that the film can­not be al­lowed to be screened as it vi­o­lates the Con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tion granted to Sikhs un­der Ar­ti­cle 26 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The SGPC had filed ap­pli­ca­tion for ban­ning the film on the grounds that the court had not con­sid­ered cer­tain as­pects when it passed an or­der on April 10 al­low­ing the re­lease of the film.

The court also pointed out that once the film is cleared by the cen­sor board, the pro­ducer or distrib­u­tor of the film has ev­ery right to get it ex­hib­ited in a movie hall. If such ac­tiv­i­ties are en­cour­aged, the same has the po­ten­tial­ity to bring in an­ar­chy and crip­ple the right of free­dom of speech and ex­pres­sion. The CJI told the coun­sel that the fun­da­men­tal is­sue was whether the film por­trayed Guru Nanak in a bad man­ner.

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