The Allahabad High Court recently issued a contempt notice to Central Board of Film Certification(CBFC) chairman Prasoon Joshi in connection with the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat on January 25.
The film stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh.
The Lucknow bench of the court granted three weeks’ time to Joshi for filing his response to the contempt notice. It fixed next hearing of the matter in the week commencing February 12.
A bench of Justice Mahendra Dayal passed the order on the petition filed by Kamta Prasad Singhal, who had submitted that he had earlier filed a Public Interest Litigation seeking ban on the release of the movie because it promoted Sati, which is an offence.
The court dismissed the petition on November 9. However, the petitioner was given liberty to file a complaint under Rule 32 of 1983 with direction to decide the same expeditiously, if possible within a period of three weeks.
The petitioner filed a representation before CBFC on November 13, but Joshi failed to respond on the same. At this, high court issued a contempt notice to Joshi.