Kathmandu, June 22 : The Supreme Court of Nepal has issued an interim order temporarily banning the screening of Indian films in the theaters of Kathmandu. Chief Justice Dhirubhai Chand’s single bench issued the interim order after conducting a hearing on Thursday.
Mayor Balendra Shah of Kathmandu Metropolitan City had imposed a ban on all Hindi films within the metropolis, particularly regarding the subject of the film ‘Adipurush’. Subsequently, the Film Development Board of Nepal had filed a writ petition on Wednesday.
But Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor Balen Shah has issued a warning against defying the court order. Despite receiving the court order, he has reiterated that no dialogue with the filmmakers will take place until they apologize and seek forgiveness, and Hindi films will not be allowed to be screened. He has expressed these views on social media.
‘Where the question of the sovereignty and independence of the country arises, I do not recognize any law or court. If the film writer claims that Nepal was under the authority of India, then their intentions become clear. The fact that the Nepal government referred to it as a stunt and allowed the court to let the film run under the authority of Nepal and India shows that the court and the government have become slaves of India. For this reason, I am prepared to face any punishment, but the film will not be shown and will not be allowed to run.’