The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by one Manjit Singh Rattu seeking a ban on the upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Sarbjit’, biopic of Sarabjit Singh who died in Pakistan in 2013.
The Omung Kumar directed movie is slated for release on Friday. Dismissing the petition, the high court bench of justice RK Jain observed that prime facie it appeared a case of “publicity stunt” by the petitioner as the ban was being sought without seeing the movie. Without seeing the movie, it could not be decided whether screening of movie could be considered for ban, the HC bench observed.
The petitioner alleged that his portrayal in the movie was negative, which was far from reality. Sarabjit’s family members had falsely claimed that Rattu was responsible for the 1990 bomb blasts in Pakistan for which Sarabjit was convicted and sentenced, the petitioner had argued. His portrayal in the movie had adversely affected his image, the petitioner said.
It is considered that Sarabjit was convicted for the deeds of Rattu, but he was not responsible for the blasts, his lawyer had argued.