HC nod for presentation of National Film Awards

The Delhi High Court's green signal to the Centre on Tuesday means that the National Film Awards for different categories for 2006 can finally be handed out 14 months after they were announced.

Justice B D Ahmed removed the stay order on declaring winners in different categories of the 53rd National Awards. The Bench also permitted the I& B Ministry to go ahead and announce the winners in all the categories.

The awards were earlier scheduled to be announced on May 12, 2006. However, Shyamoli Banerjee Deb, a jury member for this edition of the Awards, had filed a petition objecting to the selections in five awards categories.

Citing Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black, Deb had alleged that the film was not an original work and hence not eligible for awards. The film had been nominated for both best film and best actor.

Objecting to another award for the movie Parzania, the petition alleged that "it (Parzania) makes a mockery of the Indian democratic system and ends with just forming a human rights commission for a probe into the riots. This film has been banned in Gujarat and if the award for best director goes to this film, it might fan further controversy".

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