HC junks plea seeking ban on release of ‘MSG-2’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 18, 2015 00:01 IST

The Delhi high court has junked a plea seeking a ban on screening of the movie ‘MSG-2- The Messenger’ noting the film’s trailer depicts “a fantasy to the viewers and has to be understood in that light only.”

The petition had sought an interim stay on the release of the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh-starrer on the grounds that it depicts adivasis (tribals) as anti-national.

Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said the reference in the film to tribals is not found to be relatable in any manner to scheduled tribes.

“The subject of the film from the trailer is found to be depicting a fantasy to the viewers and has to be understood in the said light only,” the bench said.

It added that with the vast reach of the electronic and print media in each and every nook and corner of the country, people can’t be “so naive as to be not able to distinguish between reality and fantasy”.

Appearing for the Centre, additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain and advocate Akash Nagar had contended that a reading of the entire script of the trailer does not make out a case of violation of the law to disclose an offence.

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