The petition was filed by director and producer of the movie, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, actor Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone against the registration of case against them in Jalandhar district of Punjab.
They have pleaded before the HC that the film is inspired by William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. While making it clear that their movie nothing to do with hurting of religious sentiments of any community because the name Ram and Leela refer to the names of the two protagonists and thus the title of the movie is justified. "Even the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has granted certification to the movie for relase as per the relevant statute. Thus, no offence under section 295-A of the IPC is made out," Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others added in their petition.
Hearing the pleas, HC, however, refused to grant any stay on the trial court proceedings in the case pending against these celebrities at Jalandhar.
The case is now fixed for November 14, when the Punjab government and the complainant Lalit Kumar has been asked to respond the issue. Jalandhar police had booked Bhansali, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone on September on the basis of a complaint filed by one Lalit Kumar. The FIR was registered under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code.
The complainant had alleged that the contents of the forthcoming movie Ram Leela, scheduled to be released on November 15, are highly objectionable and offends the religious sentiments of the public believing in Hindu mythology. According to complainant, the title of the film, its trailer and photographs are highly objectionable and offended religious sentiments of people believing in Hindu mythology. It was also alleged by the complainant that the story of the film has nothing to do with the life of Lord Rama.