SGPC's 2 bids to stall Nanak Shah Fakir fail in SC

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"All institutions, being run by the SGPC, will remain closed on April 13 as a mark of protest against the release of controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir", announced the SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal.

The SGPC lawyer referred to the 2003 resolution of the apex Sikh body and said that nobody can be allowed to portray the lives of ten Sikh gurus, their families and the "panj pyare" on screen and otherwise.

SHIROMANI Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Thursday made two unsuccessful attempts in the Supreme Court to stall the release of the movie "Nanak Shah Fakir", hitting theatres across the nation on Friday.

However, DSGMC also failed to get any reprieve as the High Court refused to stay the release of movie saying the petition was motivated after the Supreme Court refused to grant any relief. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, had said in the forenoon that the SGPC plea would be heard on April 16.

The film's trailer shows no depiction of the Sikh guru, except in the form of light.

Advocate Satyender Singh Gulati, who appeared on behalf of the SGPC, approached the bench led by chief justice Dipak Misra for an urgent hearing of the matter a day before the film's release.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the "release of the film can not be interdicted".

The top court made it clear that a film, which has been certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), does not require prior approval of the SGPC for release in theaters and cinema halls across India. He, however, has stated in the plea that he would not release the film in Punjab.

Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh said the clerics had directed Sikhs across the globe to severe social and religious ties with Sikka, who was guilty of hurting the religious sentiments of the community, according to TOI. "I have written permission from the highest authority in the SGPC and all the objections to the movie's content were cleared".

The clergy has also decided that the members of SGPC's earlier sub-committee, which had endorsed the film in 2016, too would be summoned at the Akal Takht.