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Kedarnath Releases Today, Bombay HC Dismisses Plea Of Ban

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| December 7 , 2018 , 16:18 IST

The Bombay High Court dismissed a PIL opposing the release of Bollywood film Kedarnath on Thursday for allegedly hurting religious sentiments and "lowering the dignity" of the eponymous deity. The movie released today.

A bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice M S Karnik heard all parties at length but dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL), noting that it was not maintainable.

The court advised the petitioner to approach a high powered committee headed by the Rudraprayag district magistrate with his objections to the movie. The court left it to the discretion of the Rudraprayag DM to take an appropriate decision according to law and order situation in the area. It also advised the counsel of the petitioner not to see the film if he so wishes.

High courts of Gujarat and Uttarakhand had already dismissed similar pleas opposing the film. At this, the bench decided to dismiss the PIL.

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The petition, filed by two local lawyers Prabhakar Tripathi and Rameshchandra Mishra, claimed that the film, set in the backdrop of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, dilutes the gravity of the calamity and hurt their religious sentiments.

The petitioner, Prakash Rajput who is the president of the International Hindu Sena, had filed this plea saying that the film shows the love between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy which hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus. He also added in his petition that kissing scenes are featured at a revered site like Kedarnath which, again, hurt the religious sentiments.