Supreme Court extends order lifting ban on Jodhaa Akbar

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court on Friday extended its interim order lifting the ban imposed by various state governments on the screening of Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa Akbar.

On 4 March, the apex court had passed the interim order lifting the ban till 14 March.

Following the ban on Jodhaa Akbar in UP, the film’s producer – UTV had submitted that the film had been banned in various states allegedly for political reasons and without giving any explanation.

UTV’s petition had also said that the censor board had cleared the film for public viewing after ascertaining that it was not against the sovereignty or integrity of India, security of the country, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality.

Earlier, UTV had also moved the High Courts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to lift the ban on the screenings. The judgements had been passed in the company’s favour.