Shillong, June 01: The governments of Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu today banned the screening of controversial Hollywood film `Da Vince Code.
In Meghalaya, the decision was taken by a screening committee of the General Administration Department (GAD) which had earlier been authorised by the cabinet to examine the matter and take a decision.
Briefing reporters here after the meeting, GAD minister H D R Lyngdoh, also in-charge of Home, said the ban was with immediate effect as per the Assam Cinema Regulation Act, 1953, adopted by the Meghalaya government.
The government also banned the screening of the film by cable operators and video parlours.
He said private viewing of the film would also not be allowed.
The decision on banning the film, which was also requested by Church leaders from across the state and some politicians, came after the screening committee at its meeting on May 30 asked the district magistrate to elicit views from different quarters including cinema hall owners and defence authorities in the capital which runs four halls.
The DM`s report said the cinema hall owners agreed not to screen the film and defence authorities said no English film was shown in their theatres, Lyngdoh said.
SC to hear Da Vinci`s ban plea on June 12
The Supreme Court will hear on June 12 a petition seeking to stop the screening of the controversial film The Da Vinci Code in the country.
A vacation bench comprising Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice Lokweshwar Singh Panta refused to give urgent hearing saying that the film was released after clearance from the Censor Board.
"When the Censor Board and government has cleared the screening of the film what was the objection," the Bench asked the petitioner, who claimed himself to be the member of Delhi-based Cathedral Church.
The petition filed by Mathews sought stopping the screening of the film, based on a controversial novel Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, on the ground that it hurt the sentiments of the Christians.
The film has already been banned in Punjab and Nagaland.