The Hush Post: Days after the turmoil in the highest judicial body of the country comes a Republic Day eve gift by the apex court. The Supreme Court has cleared the release of Padmaavat. The movie will be released throughout the country on January 25.

This also means an ‘automatic’ null on the orders and notifications of various states government. A couple of days ago, Rajasthan and Gujarat government had issued orders that the movie cannot be screened in the two states.

The orders were given by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud. The order also circumvents any such future notifications by other state governments.

Senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, arguing the case for the film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali said that no state had power to issue such orders. A film cannot be banned if the Censor Board has certified its release.

Earlier, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan governments had declared that the movie will be allowed for screening.

Earlier also SC had provided relief for director of Padmaavat Sanjay Leela Bhansali when criminal proceedings were sought by the members of the Karni Sena. However, after the Supreme Court orders, Karni Sena members, who had vandalised the sets of the movie and also threatened Deepika Padukone with chopping of ears and nose, have now adopted complete silence. Remember, Karni Sena had also threatened, if the movie is released, the womenfolk of the Sena will perform Jauhar which means burn one’s self for honour.

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