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New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the petition filed by the governments of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and Karni Sena, seeking review of its January 18 order, allowing pan-India release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film ‘Padmaavat’ on January 25,

On Tuesday hearing SC said “States must obey orders to screen "Padmaavat", underscoring its earlier ruling and rejecting requests by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to block the film over law and order trouble. "It's an order, better abide by it. You (states) can advise people not to watch the movie," the judges said.

"We passed an order and our orders required to be complied by all," stressed Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

On a petition by producers of "Padmaavat", the Supreme Court ruled that the film cannot be blocked on account of potential trouble.

The Karni Sena was the third petitioner to call for a ban on the film. It argued in court that "Padmaavat" distorts history and "people had been affected emotionally" by the way it depicts legendary Rajput Queen Padmini.

The court's response was curt. "You create trouble and by virtue of it come to court," said Justice DY Chandrachud.

Chief Justice Misra added that experts watched the film before the censor board certified it and the movie carried a disclaimer.

After today's order, states have no more legal options to block "Padmaavat"'s release on Thursday.

Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar said "his government will implement the Supreme Court order”. "It’s good, if some theater owners do not want to screen the film, but those who want to, they will be provided full security,” he furthur added.

SC  orders:

*The SC directed the two states to implement its order from last Thursday allowing screening of film.

*It also ordered them to take the necessary steps to maintain law and order.

*The SC said the states themselves created trouble to begin with.


*12:25 pm: We try to take everyone’s view into consideration, says Rampal Singh, Madhya Pradesh Law Minister.

*12:23 pm: The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra observed that "People must understand that there is a statutory body, that certified the movie and we, too, passed an order. Better abide by it. Don't watch the movie if you don't want to, but there cannot be a ban on screening."

*12.15 pm: Karni Sena stage protest against Padmaavat in Sawai-Madhopur, Rajasthan.

*12.08 pm: Karni Sena to Supreme Court: History & historical characters have been distorted. To with the Supreme Court has said, we are not historians.

*12:05 pm: “This movie has been seen by historians & academicians. There are 2 disclaimers at the beginning of the movie as well. Most importantly, Censor Board has cleared it,” said SC.

*12:01 pm: "It is better to advice people not to watch the movie," the judges told the states and the Karni Sena, which had petitioned against the film's release.

*11:58 am: Supreme Court said that, "people must understand that apex court has passed the order and they must abide by it."

*11:42 am: On Padmaavat, Supreme Court refused to modify order clearing film's release in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, says 'states must obey court orders'.

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