PIL Seeking Stay on Release of Film ‘Kashmir Files’ to be heard by Bombay High Court on March 8

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Mitali Palnitkar

Published on: March 7, 2022 at 17:25 IST

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a Stay on the release of the Film ‘Kashmir Files’ was Filed in the Bombay High Court. The Plea will be heard on March 8, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

The matter was mentioned on March 7, 2022 for urgent listing before Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and was listed for hearing on March 8, 2022. Intezar Hussain Sayed, an Uttar Pradesh resident Filed the Public Interest Litigation.

The Plea sought a Stay on release of the Film which was scheduled to be released on March 11, 2022 (Friday).

The Plea stated that the Trailer of the movie seemed to depict that the Kashmiri Pandits were killed by the Muslims, which hurts the sentiments of the Muslim Community.

Sayed claimed that the movie is a one-sided view of the incident which might ignite and inflame the Members of the Hindu Community which would Trigger Violence and cause destruction across the Country.

It was added that Elections were being held in various States, and thus there is a possibility that the Political Parties would Misuse the Incident and would lead to escalation of Communal Violence.

It was contended that the Film promotes hatred against the Muslim Community, and thus falls under reasonable Restrictions to Article 19(2) of the Constitution.

The Petitioner prayed that until the Plea is pending for Hearing before the High Court, the Trailer of the Film shall be taken down immediately from YouTube and other Social Media platforms.

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