The Delhi high court on Monday fined a legislator Rs 10,000 for not filing a reply on Delhi 6 director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s plea for quashing the former’s police complaint against the film.
Congress legislator Jai Kishan said in his police complaint on March 7, 2009 that the film had insulted the Valmiki community.
Justice Ajit Bharihoke said, “MLA Jai Kishan of Sultanpur Majra (north Delhi) will deposit R10,000 with the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee” by August 25.
Mehra approached the court for quashing the first information report (FIR) lodged against him and the production house (UTV Motion Pictures Mauritius Ltd.) under various provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Protection of Civil Rights Act. The FIR was lodged by Jai Kishan in Mandir Marg police station in central Delhi.
The Valmiki Samaj of Delhi was up in arms against certain dialogues involving the character of untouchable sweeper girl Jalebi, played by Divya Dutta. The dialogues allegedly contained “objectionable words”, the legislator said in his police complaint.
The FIR said, the film insulted the community by depicting the role of a sweeper girl who was shown belonging to the community.