The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL seeking action against Shiv Sena and its leadership for inciting violence at the time of release of Shah Rukh Khan starrer
My Name is Khan
Actress Kunika Lal's PIL said that the entire police machinery had to be deployed to maintain calm because of Sena's threat to disrupt screenings of the film.
Lal said that the cost for this security be recovered from Sena, its chief Bal Thackeray, executive president Uddhav Thackeray, and senior leader Sanjay Raut, it said. She also sought criminal action against them.
However, a division bench of justices J N Patel and S C Dharmadhikari said that "PIL does not make out the case against the state that it failed to provide security to people" during this episode.
"Law and order is the concern of the state... petitioner is at liberty to raise the issue before the legislature," the bench held.
The court also remarked, during the argument, that "majority of people are following them (Shiv Sena). What can be done?"
Trouble began when Shah Rukh questioned the absence of Pakistani players from the third edition of IPL. Protesting against his remarks, Sena tried to halt the screening of
But the film was released in Maharashtra and other parts of the country as scheduled amid tight security bandobast.