Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today asked the Censor Board to file reply to a PIL which challenged a promo in popular quiz show `Kaun Banega Crorepati` saying it has insulted and maligned the slogan `Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe azadi doonga`, coined by Subhash Chandra Bose.
The PIL came up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah who asked the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to file its response by July 5, the next date for the hearing.
CBFC`s counsel Rui Rodrigues argued that the promo was not derogatory but was funny and that the examining committee had gone into it before clearing the same.
However, the judges said they would go into the issue mentioned in the PIL.
The PIL, filed by Mukesh Sharma, said there were six scenes in Hindi which were meant to promote the reality show, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati-4’ and increase its TRP.
However, he found them insulting, defamatory, mischievous and maligning the slogan given to the nation by the late freedom fighter who had played an important role in fighting the erstwhile British regime.
The PIL, which has also made anchor Amitabh Bachchan a respondent, said it was surprising why the legendary actor did not rescue himself from playing his act in the promo.
Of the six scenes from the promo, five are insulting and derogatory to Netaji`s slogan. Some scenes in the promo show that people were unaware about the slogan and Netaji`s role in freedom struggle, the PIL said.