SC: Can’t issue guidelines to CBFC on how to assess a movie before allowing its release
The SC declared to intervene due to the fact that the members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) are qualified enough to assess the contents of a movie.
The Supreme Court of India (SC) on April 17 2015 declared that it cannot issue guidelines to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on how to assess a movie before allowing its release.
The SC declined to issue guidelines because of the following reasons
• The CBFC is an apex body consisting of experts from the film industry who are eligible to assess a movie.
• Any aggrieved person is always at the liberty to approach the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) against the order of the CBFC under the Section 5C of Cinematograph Act, 1952.
The verdict was delivered by a SC bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) HL Dattu while hearing a plea filed by the Dharmaprachar Sabha appealing for revocation of the certificate issued by the CBFC to Singham Returns movie.
The litigants contended that the movie maligned certain religious and spiritual places while glorifying certain other religions.