SC Pulls Up WB Govt For Unofficial Ban Of Film "Bhobishyoter Bhoot"

The Supreme Court pulled up the West Bengal Government after it was brought to its notice that the film ""Bhobishyoter Bhoot" has not been screened within the limits of Kolkata.

The bench comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Hemant Gupta said:

"The State of West Bengal is duty bound, once the film has been certified by the Central Board of Film Certification ("CBFC") to take necessary measures to protect the fundamental right to free speech and expression of the producer and the director and, for that matter, of the viewers to see the film unrestrained by extra-constitutional restraints."

The bench, on Monday, also directed the Joint Commissioner of Police to forthwith withdraw the communication that was addressed by him to the producer of the film

The state has also been asked to take necessary steps for protecting the properties of the theater owners and the safety of the members of the public who wish to view the film.

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