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Supreme Court curtains on populist measures of states including MP; ‘Padmaavat’ ban stayed

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NEW DELHI/BHOPAL: What could be termed as pulling curtains on populist measures by four states including Madhya Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the decision of ban on the controversial movie ‘Padmaavat’.

The bench of comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud came out with an order that revokes the formal or informal ban announced by Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh governments.

In case of Madhya Pradesh, though the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced ban on the controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie after protests and meeting with a delegation of Rajput community few weeks ago, no formal notification on the ban had yet been announced.

The producers of Padmaavat had moved the Supreme Court against the film being banned in four states after receiving a clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, the film is based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat. Protests raged across India against the movie ahead of Gujarat assembly elections for allegedly distorting history, a charge the film’s makers have repeatedly denied.