As Padmavati row rages, SC rejects PIL demanding stay on An Insignificant Man

Supreme Court said on 16 November that creative freedom cannot be curbed as it rejected a petition seeking to block the release of An Insignificant Man.

IANS November 16, 2017 15:36:44 IST
As Padmavati row rages, SC rejects PIL demanding stay on An Insignificant Man

Filmmakers and writers should be allowed to enjoy freedom of speech and expression and there can't be curbs put on this, the Supreme Court said on 16 November as it rejected a petition seeking to block the release of film An Insignificant Man based on Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.

As Padmavati row rages SC rejects PIL demanding stay on An Insignificant Man

Still from An Insignificant Man. Image from FP.

The film will be screened in cinema halls on 17 November as scheduled, with the Supreme Court ruling.

Rejecting the plea by Nachiketa Walhakar seeking to restrain the release of the film, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said, "Courts should be extremely slow in passing restrain order" as there can't be curbs on the freedom of speech and expression.

Saying that filmmakers and writers should be allowed to enjoy freedom of speech and expression, the court said that all creative people have the right to enjoy their works in production of films and dramas.

Petitioner Walhakar had allegedly thrown ink on Kejriwal in 2013. He told the court that the video of that incident was being shown as part of promotion of the film.

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