A petition was filed in the Allahabad high court alleging that the film Delhi Belly had indecent, immoral, abusive language and will have an adverse effect on the viewers. It also contended that the certificate for public exhibition issued to the film which released on July 1 is a clear violation of section 5 B of the Cinematograph Act.
The Lucknow bench of Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice Anil Kumar of Allahabad high court on Thursday issued notices to Aamir Khan Productions, department of information and broadcasting and Censor Board of Film Certification challenging the public exhibition certificate issued to Delhi Belly. The court has asked the respondents to file a reply in four weeks time.
Delhi Belly also received notices from high courts of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai and Rajasthan.
However, legal experts say that the courts cannot interfere with the certifications issued by Censor Board of Film Certification. They say the legal position is clear in the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case against Sekhar Kapoor’s Bandit Queen in 1996.
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