Chandigarh

PIL ON BAN OF SCREENING OF PUNJABI MOVIE 'SHOOTER', HIGH COURT DIRECTS HARYANA AND UT ADMIIN TO TAKE DECISION

February 13, 2020 08:39 PM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

Punjab and Haryana High Court directs Haryana and Chandigarh administration to take a decision on representation of petitioner seeking ban on screening of Punjabi movie ‘Shooter” in their territories: 

While disposing a PIL filed by Advocate H.C. Arora, seeking a ban against screening of Punjabi movie “shooter”, which is otherwise set to be screened in cinemas all over India on 21st February, 2020, the HC Bench comprising Chief Justice and Justice Arun Palli today directed the Haryana Government and Chandigarh administration to take a decision on petitioner’s representation, for imposing a ban on release of the above said Punjabi movie in the light of fact that this movie already stands banned by Punjab Government. 

The petitioner, who appeared in person, has stated in the PIL that this movie is made on life of a notorious gangster, Sukha Kahlvan, who was involved in about three dozen criminal cases, including murder cases, and was shot dead in public by men of his rival gang. The movie thus, glorifies gun culture.

The petitioner has also contended that in case such ban against screening of this movie is not imposed in Haryana and UT Chandigarh, that would make the ban imposed by Punjab Government ineffective. 

 
The petitioner, who appeared in person, has stated in the PIL that this movie is made on life of a notorious gangster, Sukha Kahlvan, who was involved in about three dozen criminal cases, including murder cases, and was shot dead in public by men of his rival gang. The movie thus, glorifies gun culture.

He has also stated that the HC had already passed an order on July 22nd, 2019, directing all SSPs and DCs in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to ensure that songs glorifying violence, liquor/wine are not played in public. He further stated that an FIR has already been registered against the producer of this movie on 9th February in Mohali for sedition charges under sections 153-A/153-B of the Indian Penal Code for producing this movie. Such a movie therefore, should not be allowed to be screened any where in the Country. 

The petitioner has also contended that in case such ban against screening of this movie is not imposed in Haryana and UT Chandigarh, that would make the ban imposed by Punjab Government ineffective. 

Mr. Lokesh Sinhal, Addl. Advocate General, appearing for Haryana Government, assured the Court to take an early decision in this matter. 

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