On Thursday, the Supreme Court denied the petitions to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat. In a much awaited hearing the Apex Court paved the way for a nationwide release for the controversial film. But the chief opponents Shri Rajput Karni Sena refuses to back down. The group has stated it will appeal against the order in front of a double bench of the Supreme Court. They aim at getting a nationwide ban on the movie.
Karni Sena President Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi in a video message said, “We will also approach the President (to demand a ban on screening of Padmaavat.) We shall never allow the movie to be screened.”
Gogamedi further pointed out that a common man has to run from pillar to post to get a hearing date at the Apex Court. But Bhansali’s plea was heard immediately after filling the writ. The Karni Sena President stated this, “raises questions on the Supreme Court’s working.”
Sukhdev Gogamedi said, “Few days back, we saw four senior judges of the Supreme Court also raising questions about the top court’s working.”This comment referred to the recent unprecedented press conference by the top four Supreme Court Judges against the Chief Justice of India.
In the video, Gogamedi questions, “How can you deliver the verdict by forcefully imposing the decision on State Governments? This is more like killing democracy. What is the use of forming Governments if they are not allowed to take decisions? Let the Supreme Court rule the country.”
The President went as far as to say that thousands of women would rather perform jauhar (self immolation) on the 24th of January in Chittorgarh.
Gogamedi said, “We have already sent a letter to the Prime Minister and will soon be meeting the President in this regard.”
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria reacted to the Supreme Court’s verdict. He was quoted saying, “We have just come to know about this decision. We will study it, review it and then take a legal view on the same.”He further added, “The State Government has always placed its trust in the Supreme court and its verdict.”
The film Padmaavat has created a lot of controversies as a few fringe groups believe the film is portraying the legendary queen Padmavati in a bad light.