Gujarat High Court rejects plea seeking ban on Kedarnath

Gujarat High Court on Wednesday dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on the release of Bollywood film Kedarnath and said it was merely a “publicity stunt” by the petitioner. The film, which stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan, is slated to release this Friday on 7 December.

Prakash Rajput, president of International Hindu Sena, had filed the plea claiming that the movie hurt the sentiments of Hindus as it featured a Muslim boy falling in love with a Hindu girl. In the petition, he alleged the movie also featured kissing scenes at Kedarnath, a revered site, which also hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A S Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav dismissed the PIL that sought a ban on the release of the movie saying that it hurt the “religious sentiments” of Hindus. Coming down heavily on the petitioner, the court said the PIL was nothing but a “publicity stunt”. It also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.

Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the movie shows a wealthy Hindu girl falling in love with a Muslim guide during a tour of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is produced by Pragya Kapoor’s Guy in the Sky Pictures and Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies.

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