‘Mohalla Assi’: Allahabad High Court defers hearing of PIL till July 13

The hearing of a PIL seeking direction against clearance to release Sunny Deol starrer ‘Mohalla Assi’ has been deferred to July 13. The petition filed by 'Hindu Front For Justice', a group of 11 local lawyers through their counsel HS Jain came up for hearing at the Allahabad High Court today.

A division bench of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Rakesh Srivastava postponed the hearing after the Assistant Solicitor General of India (ASG) on behalf of the Centre said that he has got oral instruction from the Censor Board that no certification has been issued for exhibition of the film or the trailer in question.

The Court asked the ASG to obtain a written instruction in this regard and fixed July 13 as next date of hearing, according to reports.

The Chandra Prakash Dwivedi directorial got into legal trouble after a trailer of the film got leaked online which showed the casts speaking in expletives and foul language. Legal notice was served to the actor and makers of the film alleging that the film hurt religious sentiments and portrayed Varanasi and Kashi in a derogatory manner.

The film is based on a Hindi novel by Kashinath Singh ‘Kashi Ka Assi’ which is about the commercialization of the pilgrimage city. It also features Sakshi Tanwar, Ravi Kishan and Saurabh Shukla.