//"Periyar": Hindu outfit moves High Court

"Periyar": Hindu outfit moves High Court

Chennai, March 9 (PTI): The Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) has moved the Madras High Court for a direction to the producers of 'Periyar' a film on social reformer E V Ramasamy to remove certain parts of a song in the film, which allegedly hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community.

When the petition, filed by the state organising secretary of the organisation T Kannan came up for hearing today, a Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice K Chandru adjourned its hearing to March 21.

The HMK also sought a direction to the Film Censor Board to reconsider certification of the film till the objectionable portion of the song was removed.

Claiming that if the part of the song, which makes a reference to Lord Ram and Goddess Sita were permitted 'it will definitely attack the morality and divinity of Hindus around the world', the petitioner contended that it was just and necessary in the interest of justice for the court to appoint a group of intellectuals to view and peruse the movie before its release.

The Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned a grant of Rs 95 lakh for production of the film, being undertaken by M/s Liberty Creations Ltd. The songs in the film had already been released on audio cassettes, he said.

The Hindu , 9 march 2007