On Thursday, the Supreme Court has declined an urgent hearing of a petition to restrict the screening of the movie “Ram Ki Janmabhoomi” scheduled to hit the screen on March 29. Screening the movie now will “affect the atmosphere as mediation is going on,” the petitioner told the Supreme Court.
The justice-bench headed by Justice SA Bobde said, “What is the connection with the mediation and the movie…no film can come in the way of mediation…we are not so pessimistic.”
After two weeks, the petition will be heard said the top court.
“Ram Ki Janmabhoomi” is directed by Sanoj Mishra, which is based on the controversial Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid issue, will be released across the nation on Friday.
On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court is hearing the same case, that people will have to be tolerant of the ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘expression guaranteed” has to survive under the Constitution.
The observation of the High Court came during the hearing of the petition, which was filed by Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who is a self-proclaimed descendant of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking to restrict the release of the movie.
On March 8, the Supreme Court has ordered a formal mediation in the Ayodhya case, considered it as a roadmap to solve Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, which arouses 60-years ago. A five judge-bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi claims that the dispute was not about the property but about “mind, heart, and healing – if possible.”
A three-member panel, including ex-Supreme Court Judge, senior advocate Sriram Panchu, Justice FM Kalifulla, and Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will conduct the mediation.
However, the proceedings will remain confidential and there wouldn’t be any report in the media.