The Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to hear on Monday, a contempt plea against Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for failing to contain mobs protesting against the release of controversial film ‘Padmaavat’.
The plea was filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla after the SC on Tuesday rejected the final attempt by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to ban the film amid protests by Rajput groups.
A separate plea also seeks action against the Rajput Karni Sena for violating the apex court orders by carrying out violent protests in many states.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court refused to entertain another plea against the release of the film and directed the petitioner to approach the Supreme Court.
Protesters led by the Karni Sena have blocked roads, burned buses and toll booths and even vandalized theatres over the past few months.
On Wednesday, a school bus in Haryana’s Gurugram was attacked by Karni Sena supporters over the release of ‘Padmaavat’.
The video of scared children crouching in the school bus targeted by hooligans protesting the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie prompted nationwide outrage.
Earlier, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana had banned the film, despite the censor board’s go-ahead earlier this month.