HC fines Centre, allows screening of film on Kabir without cut
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 22:12
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on the Centre for imposing a legally non-sustainable cut on documentary 'Had Anhad' on poet-philosopher Kabir and ordered the film's release without any cut imposed by the Censor Board.

Justice S Muralidhar also ordered the Centre to release the film forthwith after awarding it a universal viewership certificate.

"Film 'Had Anhad' (Bounded-Boundless) will forthwith be granted a V/U certificate of unrestricted viewing by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) without any of the cuts directed in terms of the orders of the CBFC and the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT)," the court said.

The court gave the order allowing the petition by Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology which had produced the film. It had come to the court challenging the excisions ordered by the CBFC.

"A viewer who stays to see the film till its end is unlikely to be left feeling hateful or vengeful towards any religion or community. The viewer might be impelled to contemplate on the futility of bigotry and violence.

"Viewed in this light and in the light of the settled constitutional law of the freedom of speech and expression, none of the excisions as directed by the CBFC, three of which have been upheld by the FCAT, is legally sustainable," the court said.

It imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the Centre which would be paid to the producer of the film within a month.

One of the cuts wanted deletion of the words "Muslims living in India and the neighbouring Islamic state of Pakistan" on the ground that it violated the guidelines of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting notified in 1978.


First Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 22:12

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