HC clears decks for release of Vishwaroopam in Tamil Nadu


Observing that the orders under Section 144 CrPC were passed in view of the representation given by several Muslim organisations, he said their remedy was to approach authority under Cinematograph Act, 1952 to seek redress.

"... No doubt, for making a law and order problem, the Authority competent is entitled to make an order under Section 144 of CrPC but, that does not mean that section of society can curtail the fundamental rights of a citizen, but it has to protect the person whose fundamental rights are threatened to be violated," the court said.

During the hearing, Tamil Nadu government questioned the 'UA' certificate issued to the film and alleged that the certification of films itself was a "very big scam" and sought a probe into it by a law enforcing agency.

The Advocate General said the "UA" certificate to 'Vishwaroopam' was not issued by the Censor Board, but only by an Examining Committee not mandated by provisions of the Constitution.

Rejecting the charge, Additional Solicitor General Wilson said the certification was done by procedure and after cuts were accepted.

The court had on January 24 declined to grant any interim stay on the ban. The actor missed two deadlines for the film.

The movie first ran into rough weather after some theatre owners resisted the tech-savvy actor's decision to premiere the movie, made in Hindi and Telugu as well, on DTH platform ahead of its screening in theatres on January 11.

Haasan had held a special screening of the film for the Muslim outfit leaders, but failed to win their approval.

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