SC to hear plea against Guru Nanak film - after its release

Students stage a protest against movie Nanak Shah Fakir in Ludhiana

Students stage a protest against movie Nanak Shah Fakir in Ludhiana

The movie is based on the life of the first Sikh master, Guru Nanak.

Gulati urged the court to hear the matter on 13 April, but Chief Justice Misra said, "We will take it up on Monday".

He said the clergy had also directed Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to immediately send its delegation to meet Union home minister Rajnath Singh to apprise him of the Sikh religious sentiments due to the "highly objectionable movie" and ask him to impose an immediate ban on its release.

The film's trailer shows no depiction of the Sikh guru, except in the form of light.

DNA India reports that the court bench did not agree to the submission of Satender Singh Gulati, counsel for SGPC, who wanted their plea to be heard on Thursday or Friday, prior to the film's release on Friday. Anyways, this freedom is not an absolute freedom, if the expression is against the public policy, foreign relations, sovereignty and integrity of the state, public order, decency and morality, or in relation to contemp of court, defamation etc., then such expression shall not be allowed in law.

"The Central Board of Film Certification under the Cinematographer Act has granted issued certificate and outsiders can't interfere into it", the bench said, according to Live Law.

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Two Sikh bodies made unsuccessful attempts in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court to stall the release of the movie "Nanak Shah Fakir", which would hit theaters across the nation today.

The apex court pointed out that the CBFC had already cleared the film for release.

After the ban, Sikka had withdrawn its worldwide release. In a warning to the Punjab and Union governments, the Jathedar said both governments would be responsible for any untoward outcome after the release of movie since Sikh religious sentiments were highly inflamed and hurt.

The clergy has also decided that the members of SGPC's earlier sub-committee, which had endorsed the film in 2016, too would be summoned at the Akal Takht. "I have written permission from the highest authority in the SGPC and all the objections to the movie's content were cleared".

SGPC, as a mark of protest, made a decision to close down all its institutions on April 13.

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