Thursday, June 22, 2006

AP High Court does the right thing

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday quashed the State Government's order prohibiting the screening of The Da Vinci Code, based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel. It also imposed costs on the Government for resorting to such "irresponsible" action.


Citing the protests lodged by Christians and Muslims, the Government banned the film. They held that the film's story attacked the basic tenets of the Holy Gospel. The Government contended that the film might hurt their religious sentiments and lead to law and order problems.

Rejecting these arguments, Mr. Justice Raghu Ram, in his 48-page judgment, said, "The Constitution does not confer or tolerate such individualised hyper-sensitive private censor intrusion into and regulation of guaranteed freedom of others."

Read about it in today's Hindu [link via Krish].