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Supreme Court allows detection conditional 'Sadda Haq'

The Supreme Court Friday gave conditional approval for the screening of the controversial film "Sadda Haq", which was banned in Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi for supposedly glorifying extremism in Punjab in 1980.

A bench of Chief Justice ALTAMA Kabir, Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh said the controversial promotional song of the film would not be linked to him in any way.

The court also asked the Central Board of Film Certification considering the recommendation of the committee of four eminent jurists universal screening certificate ("U") of the film can change the adult examination certificate ('A') .

Noting that except for Delhi, Punjab and Chadigarh, the film is being planned across the country, the court asked the CBFC to decide on the recommendation of the committee on Monday.

Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing vital petitioner media, the producer of the film, consented to the Committee's recommendation to change the certification of the 'U' to 'A'.

The apex court on Thursday had constituted a committee comprising senior counsel Fali Nariman, Rajiv Dhawan, Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaisinh and counsel Rebecca John to see the film and make recommendations to the court. The committee, while cleaning the film for research, recommended that its universal screening certificate can change the selection for adults only.

The film, which represents 1,984 anti-Sikh riots, Punjab militancy and police brutality was to be screened April 5, 2013, but was banned on April 4, 2013, by the government of Punjab and Delhi and Chandigarh administration .

The film producer had said that after the film had been approved by the CBFC, could not be prohibited until it has been screened in cinema. He has cited the August 19, 2011, order of the apex court, reversing the order of the government of Uttar Pradesh "the suspension of the investigation" of filmmaker Prakash Jha's film "Aarakshan". - IANS

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