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The judges reiterated that it is the prerogative of the national censor board to review the film and make a decision on whether it is suitable for screening.
"When the matter is pending the consideration of the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification), how can persons holding public offices comment on whether CBFC should issue certificate or not? That will prejudice the decision of the CBFC," the judges said.
"Padmavati" has been opposed by several top politicians who say that the film cannot be allowed to "distort history" and offend the sentiments of Hindu groups.
Reacting to the court's remarks, top Haryana minister Anil Vij said, "if we have to seek a permission from the Supreme Court to make a comment... it's not right." Haryana is among the states waiting for the censor board's clearence to release the movie.
Filmmakers and artists have said that is a blatant violation of freedom of expression.
The Karni Sena, a fringe group, has led the protests against the film and has threatened to harm Deepika Padukone who plays the lead role.
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