Goddess Kaali poster: SC protects filmmaker Leena Manimekalai from coercive steps

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court docket on Friday granted interim safety from any coercive steps to filmmaker Leena Manimekalai in a number of FIRs lodged in opposition to her over the poster of her documentary movie displaying goddess ‘Kaali’ smoking a cigarette. A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha issued discover to the States and directed that no coercive steps shall be taken in opposition to the filmmaker both on the premise of the FIRs which had already beeen lodged or on the premise of FIRs which can be lodged in relation to the ‘Kaali’ poster row.

The apex courtroom took into observe that at this stage, the lodging of FIRs in a number of states might trigger severe prejudice to the filmmaker and issued discover to the states on a plea for consolidation of all FIRs in a single place. “Issue notice to the respondents. List on February 17, 2023. No coercive steps shall be taken against the petitioner either on the basis of FIRs or pursuant to any FIR which may have been lodged or may be lodged in relation to the same matter,” the apex courtroom acknowledged in its order.

Manimekalai has approached the filed prime courtroom looking for safety and quashing of the a number of FIRs registered in opposition to her in varied States.The poster of documentary depicts the Hindu goddess ‘Kaali’ smoking a cigarette in a poster. The plea additionally sought clubbing of all of the FIRs registered in opposition to her in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand over the poster.The filmmaker has additionally sought a keep of the legal proceedings emanating from these FIRs.

Manimekalai has stated her try as a inventive filmmaker was to not offend the spiritual sentiment of anybody however to depict the picture of a radically inclusive goddess. She stated she additionally obtained open requires violence in opposition to her, her crew, and her household, after she tweeted a poster of her movie, Kaali. Manimekalai has challenged the proceedings in opposition to her within the district courts of Hazratganj in Lucknow, Ratlam, Bhopal, and Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Haridwar in Uttarakhand, and Delhi.

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