'Maalik' movie banning case: Government's appeal accepted in SC
The division bench of the apex court comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Qazi Faez Isa heard the case filed by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage challenging the Islamabad High Court verdict.
The bench remarked that a movie cannot be banned on will of someone as inquiry was necessary before cancellation of certificate of any movie.
During the course of proceedings, Deputy Attorney General Sajid Ilyas Bhatti appeared before the court and informed that he had not watched the movie but a lot of people have complained against the movie.
He said that the movie was banned on public complaints. He said that the government had the authority to cancel certificate awarded by the film censor board.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked that a movie cannot be banned due to complaints and feeling hurt.
He remarked that there should be some solid reasons to ban a movie.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked that according to rule it is necessary to hold inquiry before cancellation of certificate awarded by the censor board.
He remarked that there was nothing in record which shows that the government banned movies after inquiry.
The court asked to provide a copy of movie so that it could be determined that the movie should be banned or not.
Later, hearing of the case was adjourned till Friday.