It has also asked why the BJP chief Ministers have banned the movie even before its clearance from the CBFC board, stating "When matter is pending for the CBFC's consideration, how can persons holding public offices comment on whether CBFC should issue certificate or not?"
Further observing the judgement statements as violative of the principle of Rule of Law, Supreme Court affirmed, "those holding public offices should not comment on such issues".
Dismissing the petition to stay the release of film overseas, the court said it is for the CBFC to take the call on the movie. "It will prejudice decision making of the CBFC". But, Bollywood and television fraternity stand firmly in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed "Padmavati".
Lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act. Various conservative fringe groups like the Karni Sena and people from the Rajput community have been protesting against Bhansali's magnum opus for twisting historical facts.
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On November 22, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani declared his government would not allow the release of the film in the poll-bound state. The story revolves around the queen Padmini of Chittore, her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and the adversities they face while fighting the tyrant ruler Alauddin Khilji.
He also refuted reports that the film would be release overseas on December 1.
Viacom18, the producers of Padmavati, deferred the film's release in light of increasing protests and threats.