On the eve of the release of aarakshan on June 12, 2011, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh banned Prakash Jha’s film over certain controversial scenes and dialogue.
Now, Jha has moved the Supreme Court seeking symbolic damages from the state governments for causing loss to him by banning his film Aarakshan last year.
A bench of justices R M Lodha and A K Dave issued notices on Jha’s petition. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for him, submitted that the damages should not be paid out of taxpayers money and it should be given by the officers responsible for banning the film.
In June last year, Jha approached the Supreme Court, which had on August 19 quashed the ban saying that the restriction on release of film would go against the democratic value of free speech and expression. he film released on August 12 in those states which banned the film.