The division bench headed by Justice VM Kanade of the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court has issued notice to Fox Star Studios, producers of the upcoming film Jolly LLB 2, directing them to file an affidavit in reply before the next hearing.
The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by advocate Ajay Waghmare. In his petition, Waghmare has sought LLB to be dropped from the main title of the film as the film itself is “a deliberate attempt to malign the judiciary”.
This matter will now come up for hearing on Monday, meanwhile the bench will examine the two trailers of the film that have been released on social media and other platforms.
The petition points out some the scenes in the movie shot within the premises of a court where “two people are shown playing cards, a junior lawyer slaps a senior lawyer, people are dancing obscenely in court.”
Petitioner has alleged that such scenes in the movie are an attempt to malign the reputation of the judges who “dispense justice as a sacred duty”. A contempt notice is also sought to be issued to the makers of the film on account of “derogative insult and attempt to tarnish the image and reputation of Indian Judiciary and the Legal profession.”
A similar petition was filed against the first part of the film, Jolly LLB in 2013 by lawyers from Meerut. The Supreme Court while dismissing the petition had said– “Don’t watch Jolly LLB if it offends you.” On the fictitious nature of films, Justice RM Lodha who was then heading the bench had observed- “These things happen in movies. They show Bombay High Court’s door and gate and then show something else happening inside. These are all fictitious things.”
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