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SC Dismisses Swami Agnivesh's Plea Seeking Deletion Of Jauhar Scenes From 'Padmaavat'

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| April 23 , 2018 , 13:50 IST

Months after the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversy-laden film 'Padmaavat', a pending petition filed by social activist Swami Agnivesh seeking the deletion of 'Jauhar' scenes from the movie was dismissed by Supreme Court on Monday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra rejected the plea seeking the deletion of certain scenes and lodging of FIR against the producer and director of Padmaavat advocating the glorification of social evil 'Jauhar' (self-immolation).

The bench also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said, "Once CBFC clears the movie, deletion of scenes cannot be directed." CJI Deepak Mishra also observed, "Do you think anyone will commit Sati by looking at the film? Women empowerment has increased in all these years."

A number of petitions were filed against the film on multiple grounds but the Apex court trashed most of them. Due to the massive outrage against the film, various states had banned the film but makers moved to the court to get the film released pan-India.

Rajputi fringe organisation Karni Sena led the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat for more than a year now while accusing the celebrated filmmaker of distorting historical facts and showcasing the community and Rani Padmini in the bad light.

Following many protests and controversies, the Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer film were released on January 25. Ever since hitting the theatres, the film has been garnering praises from the viewers and critics for the eye-popping picturisation of the story.