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Delhi high court slams censor board for not doing its job 'properly'

PTI  New Delhi, March 22, 2013
First Published: 20:04 IST(22/3/2013) | Last Updated: 20:50 IST(22/3/2013)

The Delhi high court on Friday slammed the Censor Board for not doing its job "properly" and asked it and the Centre to respond to two separate PILs alleging vulgar content in Salman Khan-starrer 'Dabangg 2' and Saif Ali Khan's 'Race 2'.

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"Nowadays, the Censor Board is not doing its duty properly," a bench comprising Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice V K Jain said while asking the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, CBFC and producers of 'Dabangg 2' and 'Race 2' to file their responses by May 14.


While hearing the PIL of lawyer Sanjay Kumar seeking a ban of alleged provactive item number of 'Dabangg 2,' the bench ordered deletion of names from an array of parties of Kareena Kapoor Khan, on whom the song was filmed, director Arbaaz Khan and musicians duo Sajid and Wajid.

"Why you have made the actress a party? This is not a criminal complaint. File a fresh memo of parties. Delete the name of the actress, director and musicians...," Justice Jain said during the hearing.

The bench, however, refused to stay the release of DVDs of 'Dabangg 2' and 'Race 2' and their further screening on TV channels. It, meanwhile, gave the petitioners liberty to approach it again if they receive information that the films are going to be shown on channels.

"We are not experts and have not seen the movies. How can we stay the films on the basis of photographs we saw here?" the bench said.

The other PIL, filed by social worker Teena Sharma, has sought an immediate ban on further screening of 'Race 2' in cinema halls and its telecast. It also sought deletion of explicit scenes and "vulgar" dialogues in the film.

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