Court directs CBFC to reconsider U/A certificate given to Santa Banta Pvt Ltd

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 29, 2016 19:20 IST
The poster of Santa Banta Pvt Ltd. (Twitter)

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to reconsider the ‘U/A’ certification given to upcoming film Santa Banta Pvt Ltd, after a Sikh group claimed the title and contents of the film offend the sentiments of the community.

The court asked CBFC to treat as a representation the petition filed by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) seeking to cancel the ‘U/A’ certificate given to the film, scheduled for release on April 22.

The court has given a deadline to censor board to decide on the representation by April 8, 2016.

The Sikh group had said the posters and trailers of the film characterized “Sikh community in a defamatory and denigrating manner”.

Contending that the release of the film would affect the interest of Sikh community, the DSGMC also sought for a direction to ban the release of the film.

However, the producers and makers of the film denied the allegations that the film disrespected the community’s sentiments. They told court that the posters of the film, which are alleged to be objectionable has been withdrawn.

Earlier, during the hearing on the petition, the censor board had stood by its decision to certify it on the ground that there was nothing objectionable.

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