Plea agst 'Padmaavat' declined by HC, petitioner asked to move


Protests against the film were held in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and several towns of Madhya Pradesh.

In some states, including Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat and Haryana, the members of Karni Sena have resorted to burning posters and vandalising the ticket counter of the movie theaters.

Padmaavat originally scheduled for a release on 1st December 2017, found itself in an impending controversy that extended for over a month and as a result the film's release was postponed temporarily.

There are also reports of public bus movement being restricted over night and today due to the incidents happening in parts of Rajasthan, especially near Udaipur and Chittor. Chants of 'Sanjay Leela Bhansali murdabad' can be heard in the video. "We are releasing the film nearly everywhere, except few places where there is disturbance".

While dismissing the plea, it had then said, "Needless to say, . we think it apposite to strike off what has been stated in paragraph nos.17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 in entirety and what has been struck off by this Court should not be used otherwise". In a press release, the Multiplex Association of India said that its members in Rajasthan won't screen the movie on December 25. Will it be wrong to equate the Shri Rajput Karni Sena with any other terror organisation?

The owners said that they would not screen the movie in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.

Police have arrested 20 men involved, said Kalpesh Patel, a police officer in the state's key industrial city of Ahmedabad.

Of course, there is the larger picture in that neither the BJP nor the Congress, which are the mainstream parties vying for power in these States, wants to risk offending what appears to be an increasingly effective consolidation of Rajput/Thakur votes around the Padmaavat issue and sure there is also a possibility that anti-social elements have tagged on to the protesters and indulged in violence.

In Madhya Pradesh, members of various organisations, including the Karni Sena, staged protests in Indore and some other towns.

The Delhi-Jaipur highway was blocked for a while on Wednesday, January 24. A Rajput community group, Sarwa Kshatriya Mahasabha, in the central state of Chhattisgarh said they will continue their protests despite the court's order.

The protesters carried sticks and caused minor injuries to 14 people, said B.S. Sandhu, a senior police official, adding that police had detained 15 protesters.