Fresh bid to stop Padmavat fails, SC gives a hard rap

New Delhi, Jan 19: Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, the plea claimed that the CBFC certificate issued to Padmavat was illegal.

The three-judge bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said 'the Court has to function as a constitutional court and it has already yesterday in its interim order said that states can't block a movie from screening Padmavat.

The Supreme Court heard on Thursday a plea by the producers of "Padmaavat" challenging the ban on the controversial movie in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana.

When the producers' counsel Mahesh Agrawal, mentioned the matter on Wednesday before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and sought an expeditious hearing, the Chief Justice nodded but did not say anything.

Mahesh Agrawal was flanked by senior counsel Harish Salve, who is likely to argue the petition when it is listed before the court.

"Padmaavat" has been caught in a row over alleged distortion of facts -- a contention over which some Rajput organisations including Karni Sena have demanded a nationwide ban on the film.  The Central Board of Film Certification had approved the film with some modifications in December. Madhya Pradesh, 

Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana had announced they will not let the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial hit the screens. It is slated to release on January 25.

In November last year, the Supreme Court had dismissed a plea against release of the movie -- earlier titled "Padmavati" -- outside India.