SC refused plea seeking stay on release of movie ‘The Kerala Story’

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused a plea seeking a stay on the release of the movie “The Kerala Story” on grounds that it’s a “worst kind of hate speech” and an “audio-visual propaganda”. A bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna was told by senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Nizam Pasha that the trailer of the movie, which is scheduled to be released on Friday, has garnered 16 million views.

Pasha said, “This movie is the worst kind of hate speech. It is completely audio-visual propaganda”.
The bench said, the film has got certification and has been cleared by the board. It’s not like a person getting on the podium and starts giving an uncontrolled speech.

If you want to challenge the release of the movie, you should challenge the certification and through the appropriate forum”. Justice Nagarathna said the petitioner should first approach the high court. Pasha said there was no time left as the movie is scheduled to release on Friday. The Hindi film is based on the theme of religious conversion.

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