Akal Takht excommunicates Nanak Shah Fakir producer Harinder Sikka

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A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar said the release can not be stopped after hearing a plea by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee that challenged a no-objection certificate by the censor board.

DNA India reports that the court bench did not agree to the submission of Satender Singh Gulati, counsel for SGPC, who wanted their plea to be heard on Thursday or Friday, prior to the film's release on Friday.

The matter was once mentioned again when court assembled in the post-lunch sitting.


According to LiveLaw, the SGPC argued that "the Sikh body is a statutory body and passed a resolution in 2003 that no one was allowed to depict the role of any Sikh Guru or their family members".

However, DSGMC also failed to get any reprieve as the High Court refused to stay the release of movie saying the petition was motivated after the Supreme Court refused to grant any relief.

It also said that outsiders can not control freedom of expression of an artist.


In April 2015, Sikka had agreed to hold the release of the film pending suggestions from the Akal Takht board. The top Sikh body, had earlier asked the producer of the movie not to release the movie, which is based on the life and teachings of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev. But supreme court has made it clear and gave a green flag for the film's release.

Nanak Shah Fakir is a movie which came to news by the controversy of humans portraying Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Court said that it will hear the plea after the release, on Monday. In a warning to the Punjab and Union governments, the Jathedar said both governments would be responsible for any untoward outcome after the release of movie since Sikh religious sentiments were highly inflamed and hurt. "All institutions, being run by the SGPC, will remain closed on April 13 as a mark of protest against the release of controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir", announced the SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal.

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.


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