Lawyers cry foul over dialogues in ‘Jolly LLB’; but Delhi HC refuses to stay release
Do portraying courtroom scenes in a hilarious manner and depicting lawyers and judges in a derogatory style amount to contempt of court? The Delhi High Court has decided to examine this interesting question.delhi Updated: Mar 06, 2013 21:24 IST
Do portraying courtroom scenes in a hilarious manner and depicting lawyers and judges in a derogatory style amount to contempt of court? The Delhi High Court has decided to examine this interesting question.
The court made this clear while reserving its order on a PIL filed by a group of lawyers seeking a stay on the release of bollywood flick ‘Jolly LLB’ alleging that certain dialogues defamed the legal fraternity and it amounted to contempt of court.
The comedy movie starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani is scheduled to be screened from March 15. The PIL sought cancellation of the certification granted for its release.
“The scenes in the film undermine the dignity of the court”, lawyer Jaideep Mallik told the bench of chief justice D Murugesan and justice VK Jain.
But senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul who appeared for the movie’s production house Fox Star Studio India argued that the scenes in the movie are creative expression of the filmmaker and also a depiction of day-to-day happenings.
Justice Murugesan said “these things do happen in films and in one of the Tamil films I saw, a judge in his black robe was running after an accused on the road. These things never happen”
Kaul said that the trailer of the movie has been on air since January 2013 and the petitioners have approached the court just a few days before the film's release, "which is a blackmailing tactic".
Arguing that "this practise has to be stopped", he urged the court to reject the plea.
The petitioners have alleged that "the contents of the trailer of the movie are not only defamatory to the lawyers who have passed from Meerut University, but also amounts to contempt of court."
The petition said, "The reputation of not only the petitioners (who have done LLB from Meerut) but all those advocates passing out from Meerut Law College, has been lowered in the eyes of all those people who have watched the impugned trailor of the said film."
The lawyers in the petition contended that the film is in violation of guidelines issued by Information and Broadcasting Ministry under section 5B of the Cinematography Act.
The guidelines bar visuals or words involving defamation of an individual or a body of individuals or contempt of court. "The trailer of the film Jolly LLB is in clear contradiction to the guidelines laid down by the ministry under section 5B of the Act," the petition claimed.