New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday refused to stop the release of film ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi' across the country on March 29.
A Bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and Abdul Nazeer rejected the plea of senior counsel Ms. Lily Thomas for early listing of the petition claiming that the release of the movie will vitiate the ongoing mediation proceeding in the Ayodhya land dispute case.
Justice Bobde told the counsel who mentioned for urgent hearing, “There is no connection between the mediation proceeding and the release of the movie. We will hear it after two weeks”.
The apex court on March 8 had appointed a three-member panel to complete the mediation process within eight weeks.
The court had ordered that the mediation proceedings shall be kept confidential, and there ought not to be any reporting of the said proceedings either in the print or in the electronic media.
Hearing a similar petition filed before it, the Delhi High Court said Wednesday that people will have to be tolerant if the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution has to survive.