The Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to stay the ban on telecast of TV serial 'Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush'.
Various District Magistrates in Punjab had banned the telecast of the TV Serial by Color TV on the ground that there is a large population of SC/Valmiki community in the Districts and resentment is prevalent amongst them over the screening of the serial. The allegation is that the serial is portraying wrong facts about Bhagwan Valmiki Ji and distorting the history of Valmiki Ramayana.
Color TV, after the ban was imposed, approached the High Court seeking a stay. It was submitted before the Court that the producers are ready to enter into a dialogue so as to examine the issue threadbare and if need be to omit certain scenes which portray the role of Bhagwan Valmiki Ji.
It was further alleged that prior to issuance of the ban orders no opportunity of hearing had been granted to the Color TV.
Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa, posting the case on 12th September, refused the plea for an interim stay.
However, in a petition filed by producers of the Serial, the High Court has (on 29th August) stayed the criminal proceedings initiated against them.In the said petition, it was contended that the offending portion is based upon actual text of the original version of the epic, without any addition or subtraction on the part of the producer of the serial and thus there is no scope for there being any intention to deliberately offend any sentiments of any segment of the society.
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