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SC rejects plea to rethink Padmaavat release, asks Karni Sena to 'abide by decision'

Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh state governments had requested the Supreme Court to rethink the decision ordering the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. 

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The Supreme Court stood by its ruling to allow the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat in all states, while rejecting Karni Sena, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan state government's plea to rethink the decision. The court also ordered the fringe Rajput Karni Sena to 'abide by the decision' and allow a peaceful release. 

The Rajput Karni Sena indulged in wanton violence in Gujarat, and Noida, in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday (21 January). On Monday, the state governments of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, along with the Karni Sena, approached the Supreme Court with a plea to rethink the decision to release the film.

Lokendra Singh Kalvi, chief of the Rajput Karni Sena, said at a press conference on Monday, "We will not allow the film to be released at any cost. The Supreme Court has directed the state governments to ensure release of the film, but not to us (Karni Sena). Once the film is released, the outburst of people will be enormous and cinema halls will be responsible for the cost."

Rejecting the plea, the Supreme Court observed that state governments and people must understand that there is a film certification board (Central Board for Film Certification), and a court order. The court also prompted the fringe outfit to 'better abide by it. Don't watch if you don't want to but there can't be a ban on screening.' 

Last week, the court had set aside the bans by the state governments of Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat on Padmaavat.

The two states approached the court for a modification in its earlier order under Section 6 of the Cinematograph Act, that accords the state the power to decide on a film's release if it is likely to cause a law and order problem. However, the court pulled up the state governments and pointed that it is their responsibility to ensure peaceful release after the CBFC and the Supreme Court have passed the film for theatrical release. 

In its statement, the court said that "100-200 people cannot seek a ban on any film."

Bhansali's film stars Depika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles.The 3D version of the film is now set to be released on 24 January in select theatres, while the 2D version will hit the screens on 25 January. 

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