Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday
dismissed an intervention plea filed by Shiv Sena in the case
related to mandatory screening of Marathi films by multiplex
owners in Maharashtra, as the outfit`s lawyer was not present.
Sena had sought to intervene in the petition filed by
theatre owners, and demanded increase in number of mandatory
shows of Marathi films.
Sameer Dixit of Maharashtra Cine and Television Sena, a
Shiv Sena-controlled union, had sought "right of audience" in
the original 2009 petition filed by Cinema Owners and
Exhibitors Association of India.
But since Dixit`s lawyer was not present today, division
bench of Justices D K Deshmukh and N D Deshpande dismissed the
Dixit said that his application got dismissed only on
a technical ground and he would be filing a motion to revive
it next week.
Raj Thackeray-led MNS had vandalised a couple of
multiplexes in and around Mumbai this week, protesting that
they do not screen Marathi films, which is mandatory.
Cinema Owners Association -- the original petitioner --
is opposing the Government Resolution, 1968, which made it
mandatory for theatres to screen at least 112 shows of Marathi
films in a year.
Earlier, the High Court had reduced this number to 44, as
an interim relief, while admitting the petition.