Aamir Khan at an event in Mumbai on Wednesday. (AFP)
New Delhi, Aug. 13: The Supreme Court today agreed to take up a public interest plea (PIL) seeking a temporary ban on the release of the Aamir Khan-starrer PK for alleged obscenity and potential to “create communal tension”.
The petition, filed by an NGO that has sought to draw the court’s attention to a semi-nude poster of Aamir from the movie, is likely to be heard tomorrow.
Nafis A. Siddiqui, the lawyer for the NGO All India Human Rights & Social Justice, alleged the film had other objectionable scenes too.
The trailers of PK are not out yet but the petition claims the movie has one controversial scene featuring a man dressed as Shiva.
“This is hurting the religious sentiments of the followers of Lord Shiva and it is a criminal offence punishable under Section 295A of the IPC (deliberate effort to outrage religious feelings),” the PIL said.
“The scene shall probably create communal tension. It is surprising the censor board has permitted its exhibition,” the plea added.
A bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha and Justices Kurien Joseph and R.F. Nariman decided to take up the matter after the court registry listed the plea for an urgent hearing.
The Raj Kumar Hirani-directed movie is slated to release on December 19 this year.
Besides seeking a temporary ban on screenings in India until the matter is disposed of, the PIL has urged the court to restrain the directors and producers from releasing the movie abroad.
Siddiqui, the NGO’s lawyer, told The Telegraph that the decision to take up the matter tomorrow came after the court registry agreed to put the PIL on what is known in legal parlance as the “mentioning list”.
Matters requiring urgent intervention of the court are put on the “mentioning list” for the court to pass necessary orders.