Case against The Kashmir Files dismissed by Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court has dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) requesting suspension of publication of The Kashmir Files by Vivek Agnihotri. The film is set to hit theaters on March 11.

The Kashmir Files is set to hit theaters on March 11.

The Bombay High Court has rejected the plea seeking a stay on the release of the upcoming film The Kashmir Files. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, The Kashmir Files is based on the lives of Kashmiri Pandits and inspired by real events. It stars Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty in the lead roles.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL). The training specifies that the detailed reasons for registration of the order will be communicated later. At the start of the plea hearing, the panel asked the lawyer representing the petitioner if he had bothered to read the judgment rendered by them two weeks ago in PILs against the film Gangubai Kathiawadi. The bench had dismissed the petitions stating that the petitioners had not challenged the certificate issued to the film by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The petitioner’s lawyer said that he saw the order but did not have time to challenge the certificate issued by CBFC to the Kashmir records because his constitutional rights were infringed and he did not hadn’t had time. However, the court said, “dismissed.”

The PIL filed by Intezar Hussain Sayed, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, had asked for a stay on the film’s release. The film is set to be released on March 11, Friday.

The plea said the trailer for the film appeared to portray that the film was about Muslims killing Kashmiri pundits thus hurting the feelings of the Muslim community.

He claimed that the entire film showed a one-sided view of the incident that could inflame and inflame members of the Hindu community and possibly unleash immeasurable violence and destruction across the country.

The film “will not only hurt the religious feelings of the Muslim community but will also inflame the emotions and inflame the members of the Hindu community with the obvious possibility of sparking violence in all parts of India,” the plea reads.

The plea also claimed that with elections taking place in various states, there was scope for misuse of the incident by political parties that could escalate into full-blown communal violence. Until this plea was heard, the plaintiff prayed that the trailer for the film be taken down immediately.

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