Kerala High Court declines to stay order on screening Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's 'S Durga' at IFFI

Kerala High Court today declined to stay a single bench order to screen the controversial Malayalam film 'S Durga' in the Panorama section of the ongoing International Film Festival of India.

Published: 24th November 2017 01:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th November 2017 05:53 PM   |  A+A-

A still from Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's 'Sexy Durga'.

By Express News Service

KOCHI: A division bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday turned down the Centre's appeal against the Tuesday's order by single-judge bench directing to screen censored copy of the film ‘S Durga’ in the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

According to the Centre, the movie selected by the jury has not secured the exemption as required by the Panorama Regulation in the absence of any certification obtained from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The appeal also stated that Kerala High Court lacks territorial jurisdiction in the matter. In the absence of specific pleading by the director of the film in the writ petition regarding territorial jurisdiction, the single judge assumed jurisdiction on the basis of certification issued by the regional office, Thiruvananthapuram and held that writ petition was maintainable. The single judge had issued the order on the petition filed by director Sanalkumar Sasidharan.

The Centre submitted that the film fest has already commenced and the direction presently issued is likely to upset whole arrangement.

The counsel for director submitted that the appeal was filed with an intention to delay the proceedings. The festival will conclude on November 28.

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