"They are violating the principle of rule of law", the court said further observing, "We say nothing more, nothing less for the time being".
"When the matter is pending before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for grant of certificate, nobody holding a responsible position should comment as it would amount to violation of the principle of the rule of law".
Padmavati has been banned in five states in India, but the Supreme Court on Tuesday, while dismissing another petition to stop the release of the movie outside of India, advised the Chief Ministers to refrain from commenting on the movie as it will create a prejudice against it.
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The controversial film, which has angered right-wing Hindu groups for allegedly distorting history, is based on the saga of the historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his Army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi. A formal decision on the second application has been cleared yet by the board yet. There are historians which are also divided on whether the Rani Padmini really existed. The Karni Sena members have said that they won't let the movie be released because it hurts Rajputi Sentiments. They will restart our plan once the movie will get the certificate. Taking exception to Sharma's plea, the court said it was unwarranted. The court is saying that the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie is yet to be certified by the censor board.
BJP government in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have demanded that the movie should be banned or have asked the makers to remove the objectionable content from the movie before its release.
The 30-member panel comprises several actor-turned-MPs, including Hema Malini, Raj Babbar and Paresh Rawal, who are hearing out all parties to take a decision not just on Padmavati but also on other films with a historical context.