A day before the re-release of most controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir, the Akal Takht Sahib on Thursday excommunicated its producer Harinder Singh Sikka for not abiding by the Takht which had "banned" the movie citing that it is blasphemous.
As the apex court began its proceedings this morning, SGPC mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra seeking modification of its order allowing the release of the film.
Members of the community have demanded a ban on the release of the film, which is supposed to hit the screens on April 13. The court will take up the matter on 16 April.
The top court had on April 10 criticised SGPC, the apex religious body of the Sikhs, for imposing restrictions on the film Nanak Shah Fakir and had cleared the decks for its nationwide release scheduled on April 13. The Supreme court has cleared the film for release, citing the certification provided by India's Central Board for Film Certification. "Outsiders can not be allowed to curtail the freedom of speech and expression".
"We are concerned with certification and the certification is there", the bench said, when senior advocate P S Patwalia persisted with his submission that the plea be heard either on Thursday or Friday.
Calling Sikka "stubborn", the Jathedar said despite protests, the filmmaker was adamant on releasing the film by taking the legal route.
Nanak Shah Fakir is a movie which came to news by the controversy of humans portraying Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The bench also asked all states to maintain law and order to ensure that the film is released without trouble.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) referred to a 2003 resolution that as the statutory religious body, it is genuine religious grievances against any person who is playing the role of a Sikh Guru or his relative. He, however, has stated in the plea that he would not release the film in Punjab.
The film is based on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
It had said after the certification from CBFC, no group, body, association or individuals can create any kind of disturbance in exhibition of the film.