HC dismisses Sena's plea related to screening of Marathi films



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 plea.

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.

PTI