Bombay HC stays release of film 'based on Asaram Bapu'



Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Wednesday continued the stay on the release of film 'Swaha', which allegedly has a character based on the life of spiritual leader Asaram Bapu.

City-based 'Asaram Mahila Utthan Ashram', a trust which looks after the administration of various Ashrams of Asaram Bapu, filed an appeal in the High Court after a lower court dismissed its application.

While dismissing the trust's plea last month, sessions court had continued the interim stay to the release of the film so that the trust could file appeal, said Anjani Kumar Singh, its lawyer.

Vacation judge of the High Court, Justice Rajesh Ketkar, today continued the interim stay, and adjourned the hearing on the appeal till June 9.

According to the trust, the leading character in the film, directed by Pravin Bharadwaj, resembles Asaram Bapu, and defames him.

PTI