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Court bans K3G for ‘insult’ to anthem

JABALPUR (PTI): Terming as objectionable the singing of the national anthem in Kabhi Khushie Kabhi Gham, Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday banned its screening till the scene is removed. The court has asked the censor board to withdraw clearance to the film till the scene is deleted.

In a 45-page judgment, a division bench of Justices Dipak Mishra and A.K. Srivastava held that the manner in which the national anthem was sung in the film was an “insult to the anthem”.

On a writ petition filed by S.. Chouksey, a retired engineer, the court directed the producer and director of K3G, Yash and Karan Johar, to remove the “objectionable” scene and also asked them to pay Rs 15,000 to the petitioner.

The film “would not be screened in any cinema house until and unless the objectionable scene is removed”, the bench ordered. It also directed national TV channels and cable operators not to screen it without deletion of the “objectionable” scene.

The petitioner had challenged the portion of the movie on the ground that the national anthem cannot be used for any commercial purpose. There is a national anthem code listing the occasions for singing of the anthem and mentioning the manner in which it should be sung, the petitioner said.

Indian migrants in Lanka net

COLOMBO (PTI): Sri Lankan authorities on Thursday arrested 175 would-be illegal immigrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as part of its drive to stop the island from being used as a hub for human smuggling.

A police spokesperson said the men arrested from the beach resort of Mount Lavinia, just south of Colombo, were being questioned to establish their identities and nationalities as most of them did not have valid travel documents.

However, it is believed that they entered Sri Lanka legally because the country grants visa on arrival to nationals from South Asian countries, a concession which was earlier available to those from developed nations. The latest information showed that 86 Indians were arrested on Thursday.

The police were also investigating if the immigrants are being duped by agents who charge over $3,000 promising them safe passage to destinations such as Italy and ensure that they are arrested in Colombo and deported.

“This way, the agent does not have to fulfil his obligation and he pockets the money without providing a ‘service’,” a police official said, commenting on the high rate of tip-offs they seemed to be getting lately.

Shilpa mother bail plea

SURAT (PTI): A court has deferred till July 29 the bail petition of actress Shilpa Shetty’s mother Sunanda Shetty, the prime accused in a case of alleged extortion.

Sunanda’s lawyer has urged the chief judicial magistrate R.P. Mehta for deferring the matter in view of lawyers going on a two-day strike. In keeping with a judicial directive, Sunanda was present in the court.

Russian channels

BIJNORE (PTI): Telecast of Russian channels Rain TV and TV-3 has been banned in Bijnore district of Uttar Pradesh following complains that they were telecasting obscene programmes. While banning the telecast of the channels, district magistrate Raja Ram Upadhayaya warned cable operators of stringent action if it was violated.

Student ends life

NASHIK (PTI): A 16-year-old student allegedly hung himself from a rope in his college hostel room on Wednesday after he was forced by his parents to take up science. Police said Sunil Bandopant Tarle ended his life after his parents forced him to take admission in science faculty as he was interested in joining the army. Sunil’s friends alerted the hostel superintendent when he did not come out of his room for a long time. The police was called who broke open the door of his room and found Sunil dead.

BSP leader held

AKOLA (PTI): The BSP’s women’s front district chief Asha Nair has been arrested for blackmailing and extorting money from a couple. After a quarrel with her husband, Hasinabi, approached Nair who advised her to lodge a complaint with police. She threatened Hasinabi’s husband Salimkha Hussankha and demanded Rs 10,000. The couple gave her Rs 5,000 and agreed to pay Rs 1,000 later.

Flashfloods deaths

SHIMLA (PTI): Rain led to flashfloods in a village, near Manali, where two Nepalese labourers and a child drowned on Thursday. Large chunks of land and apple orchards were washed away by the Bhang river. Two labourers and a child drowned as gushing water washed away a house.

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