‘The Kerala Story’: Harish Salve bats against 'wholly fictional' tag

B Balagopal / Mathrubhumi News

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New Delhi: Senior advocate Harish Salve who appeared in defense of the crew of the controversial film ‘The Kerala Story’ at the Supreme Court batted that petitioners' demand to display a "wholly fictional" disclaimer in the opening sequence cannot be accepted. He also urged the apex court to mention the same in the respective order.

He raised the contention while appearing in front of a bench presided by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud.

Senior advocate Vrinda Grover, who appeared on behalf of the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind protesting against the film, accused that the film portrays a certain community in a very bad light. Grover mentioned the petition before the bench seeking urgent listing tomorrow saying the film is getting released on May 5.

The petition mentioned by Grover sought a modification in the disclaimer of the film to state that it is wholly fictional. Grover said, "The opening shot says the film is true. It has been advertised as a true story. That movie vilifies the entire community. There is no disclaimer. It's a pan India release."

She also said that the film aims to spread lies and aids the spread of misinformation. Similarly, advocate Nizam Pash, also mentioned the plea for an urgent hearing, saying his petition is seeking different reliefs to stop the film's release and not just a modification of its disclaimer.

The bench, however, asked them to approach the High Court where a similar petition is pending.

Harish Salve who pleaded for a verdict in favor of the film was hired by Sun Shine Pictures Private Limited, the producers of the film.

With agency inputs

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