SC against release ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’

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The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stall the release of film ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’ which is scheduled to hit the screens across the country on March 29.

A plea seeking to stall the release of the film was mentioned before a bench headed by Justice S A Bobde and the petitioner claimed that the release of the movie will vitiate the ongoing mediation proceeding in the Ayodhya land dispute case.The film ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’, directed by Sanoj Mishra, revolves around the controversial issue of Ram Mandir.

“What’s the relation between movie and mediation. Parties want to settle it. We are not so pessimistic. No film can come in the way of mediation,” a Supreme Court bench of Justice SA Bobde and Justice S Abdul Nazeer said.

The petitioner, advocate Lily Thomas, contended the film’s screening would affect the mediation process and therefore it’s screening should be put on hold until mediation is over.

The top court has posted the matter for hearing after two weeks.

The court’s observation came while hearing a plea filed by Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who claimed to be a descendant of Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking to stop the release of the same film, ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’.

A three-member panel led by former Supreme Court judge Justice FMI Kalifullah is holding mediation proceedings to find an amicable settlement to the long-pending civil litigation over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid. The talks are being held subsequent to a direction by a constitution bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

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