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Gangster not on Salem: Bhatt

Earlier, Salem had sent a legal notice to producer Mahesh Bhatt, asking him to withdraw the film, 'based on him'.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 21:04 IST

Film producer Mahesh Bhatt on Wednesday told a TADA court that his film Gangster was not based on the life of 1993 bomb blast accused Abu Salem, and sought dismissal of Salem's plea seeking a ban on its release.

He questioned the jurisdiction of the TADA court to hear Salem's plea seeking ban on the film on the ground that it was based on his life and might adversely affect him.

Banning the film and seizure of prints did not fall within the purview of the TADA court and only the high courts or the Supreme Court had the powers to hear such cases, Bhatt's lawyer Shekhar Menon pleaded.

In regard to the plea of Salem that his fundamental rights were violated as the film was being made on his life, Bhatt's lawyer said issues concerning constitutional rights fell within the purview of the High Court and not TADA court.

The designated TADA judge PD Kode turned down the suggestion of Bhatt to arrange for a special preview of the film for the court and said it would be better if both the sides reached an understanding among themselves.

The court deferred Salem's plea to April 15 to decide on the maintainability of the petition.

Salem had pleaded that an independent agency should review the film slated for release this month as he feared it might have portrayed him in bad light.

Earlier, Salem had sent a legal notice to Bhatt, asking him to withdraw the film as it was based on his life and would affect his right to a fair trial because he was an undertrial.

Bhatt's lawyer Majeed Memon replied to Salem saying that the film was not based on his life and was purely a work of fiction.