Chandigarh: The Supreme Court has appointed a panel of four senior lawyers to review the contents of the controversial Punjabi movie Sadda Haq, a fictional flick based on the real events of the time when Punjab had witnessed militancy and a lot of bloodshed (during the 1980’s and 1990’s). The Apex Court will decide on the fate of the movie after going through the report.

The petition moved by the makers of the film challenging the ban imposed by Punjab, Haryana, Chandgarh, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir governments on its screening is before the Apex Court for hearing. It is to be noted that all the state governments which have banned the movie in their respective states had filed their replies on April 23, 2013.

Many Sikh organizations like Dal Khalsa have condemned the Punjab government for banning the film on "frivolous charges" and sought a re-think on it.

Dal Khalsa president HS Dhami said that the Akali Dal-led Punjab government has bowed to the pressure from the bureaucracy.

"The government has attempted to suppress the Right to Expression by banning the film in the state," he said in a statement.

He also said that it’s ironic that the SGPC, which was at forefront in the fight to get the clearance certificate from the censor board, had failed to convince its own Akali government.

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