Kalgidhar Sewak Jatha, a Sikh body, has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking a ban on the screening of ‘MSG: The Messenger of God’, which features Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
In the petition filed on Wednesday, the petitioner has sought a ban on screening of the movie in Punjab and Haryana, slated for release on January 28.
The petitioner has cited protests by various Sikh bodies in Punjab and argued that the movie’s release was likely to cause breach of peace and hurt religious sentiments of all communities, which might lead to demonstrations. It further argued that the dera head faced rape and murder charges and was under investigation by India’s top investigative agency on various charges.
The petitioner has raised objections over reported dialogues in the movie such as ‘Jo hamse takrayega choor choor ho jayega’ and termed the movie as glorification of a ‘tainted godman’.
The religious body has sought to make the Centre, Haryana government, Chandigarh administration, Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and Ram Rahim as parties in the case.