'Derogatory' remark against deity: SC declines urgent hearing on Ajay Devgn's film

Ajay Devgn
A bench, headed by Chief Justice U U Lalit, posted the hearing to November. Photo: IANS

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to list urgently a petition against Ajay Devgn-starrer Hindi film 'Thank God, scheduled for release on October 25.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice U U Lalit and comprising Justice Bela M Trivedi, said there is nothing urgent here and posted the matter for hearing in November.

Counsel, representing 'Sri Chitragupta Welfare Trust', mentioned the matter before the top court seeking urgent hearing in the matter, and sought directions for removing the trailers and posters of the movie from YouTube and other platforms.

'Thank God' is written and directed by Indra Kumar, with Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh playing lead roles.

Counsel pressed that the movie is slated for release on October 25 and the matter would become infructuous. However, the bench was not convinced.

Citing the trailer of the film, the plea claimed that there are derogatory expressions, statements, dialogues and insulting images, and videos in and around the character of God Chitragupta played by Ajay Devgn.

The petitioner claimed that movie posters and the trailer are spreading insulting and derogatory messages against the deity across the country and the world.

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