SC relief for filmmaker Subhash Ghai's Whistling Woods

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 22 September 2014 | 08.20

MUMBAI: In a relief to filmmaker Subhash Ghai a three judge bench of the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a special leave petition filed by the state against a Bombay high court order that had in July permitted his film school Whistling Woods to continue running at Goregaon in Mumbai. Ghai had filed a review plea in the HC and in July had got interim orders which the state sought to challenge in the SC.

The SC however allowed the state to argue on the point of maintainability of Ghai's review plea in the HC.

The state of Maharashtra argued that the order dated July 30, 2014 passed by the HC had in effect wiped out the earlier order of 2012. The 2012 order was against Ghai.

The SC said that the HC order is only interim order and dismissed the state's SLP by confirming the HC order. It gave liberty to the state to argue the issue of maintainability if it wants to.

IN July a bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Mahesh Sonak had admitted a review petition filed by the institute against a 2012 verdict of the HC in a PIL against the land allotment. The 2012 order setting aside a joint venture between the state film corporation and Whistling Woods required it to surrender the land by July 31.

The HC had directed the institute to pay Rs 1.38 crore out of Rs 10.38 crore it has to pay as licence fees by August 11 as a condition to continue at its present location. The remaining sum was to be paid in installments. State advocate general Darius Khambata had pushed hard to have the review plea dismissed and had questioned it's maintainability. Ghai's legal team comprising Aspi Chinoy, Janak Dwarkadas and Rui Rodrigues in the HC however had said the State film corporation had passed a valid resolution based on which it had entered into an agreement to set up the film school.

In the SC too Khambata appeared for the state.

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