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Free Speech Cannot Be Gagged”: SC Fines
Free Speech Cannot Be Gagged”: SC Fines Mamata Govt Rs 20 Lakh For ‘Virtual Ban’ On Movie

NEW DELHI. The Supreme Court on April 11 imposed a whopping Rs 20 lakh fine on the West Bengal Government for the virtual ban that it had imposed on the screening of the satirical film, “Bhobishyoter Bhoot” (Future Ghosts) in the state. The amount has to be paid within a month. The apex court found the Mamata Banerjee government guilty of “clear abuse of public power” in using police force to stop the screening of the movie.

The bench, headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said that the fine amount should be given to producers and cinema hall owners for violating their right to freedom of expression and speech as has been enshrined in the Indian Constitution. In this regard, the court expressed deep concern over “growing intolerance” in the country against artistic freedom. The court was hearing a petition filed by the movie’s producer, Indibily Creative Pvt Ltd. which said that the movie was allegedly taken down from theatre halls at the orders of the state authorities, acting as a ‘super censor’. The court added, “Free speech cannot be gagged for the fear of the mob.”

The film, directed by Anik Dutta, had disappeared from the movie halls after a day of its release on February 15. Those who saw the movie labelled it as a dark satire on the state of politics and politicians across political ideologies in West Bengal.

The Supreme Court earlier on March 15 directed the Bengal government to issue a circular “forthwith” to all the exhibitors stating that there was no ban on the screening of the movie. The bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta directed the joint commissioner of police of Kolkata to withdraw the communication stating that “the contents of the film may hurt public sentiments which may lead to political law and order issues
(updated on april 14th, 2019)