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Nithari film awaits censor nod

chandigarh Updated: Mar 19, 2008 01:12 IST
Shailee Dogra

As the film on the one of the most gruesome killings of recent times,


, which is based on Nithari killings, is awaiting censor board clearance certificate, lawyers in the city court are exchanging arguments over the jurisdiction of the suit seeking restrain on release of the movie.

Civil Judge junior division Atul Marya, during the resumed hearing of suit filed by Karandeep Singh Pandher, son of Moninder Singh Pandher, on Tuesday heard arguments at length on the issue of jurisdiction of the suit. The court was also appraised that the movie is ready and is awaiting clearance.

Karandeep Singh Pandher had approached the court seeking permanent injunction restraining the permission, production and release of the film. The petition maintains that the film is based on his father Moninder Singh Pandher facing trial in connection to the Nathari killings and as the trial is on the evidence stage, so the release of the film would be "causing obstruction in the dispensation of the justice".

The petition accuses the producers and the director of the film of projecting his father as a "villain in arbitrary manner on baseless grounds when the matter is sub judice".

Karandeep Singh Pandher has impleaded Yogendra Konkar, director of the movie, actor Raza Murad, who would be playing Pandher's father, along with other actors and the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification.

Challenging the jurisdiction of the suit, the defense counsel argued that the jurisdiction lies in Mumbai where the film would be released. Rebutting the argument, Pandher's counsel maintained that part of the cause of action of the suit arises in Chandigarh as the film would also be released here.

As per the report, the two hour long movie meant only for adult audience would reveal the modus operandi of the serial killers, showing how Surinder Koli - another accused in the case - used to lure children into the house before they were killed. To press their plea of restraining the release of the film, the petitioner has also attached news reports published in various papers regarding making of the film.