Chennai, Jan 30 : In a major set back for Actor-Director Kamal Hassan again, a Division Bench of the Madras High Court today extended the ban on his controversial film 'Viswaroopam', by staying the single Judge order last night granting clearance for its screening.
When the appeal preferred by the Tamil Nadu government challenging Mr Justice K Venkataraman's order lifting the ban and allowing the screening of the film, the First Bench had granted an interim stay and adjourned the case to February six. The Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Elipi Dharmarao and Justice Aruna Jagadeesan, accepted the State Government's plea that release of the film would lead to law and order problems and stayed the single judge order issued late last night.
The Bench also directed the state government to file a report detailing the reasons for imposing the ban by February four and said the final arguments in the case would commence from February six. This meant that the release of the film would be further delayed, causing a set back for the actor. It may be recalled that the Single Judge had late last night lifted the ban on 'Viswaroopam' which was banned from screening in theatres following protests from some Muslim outifts alleging that the film portrayed them in poor light.
The Single Judge had passed the orders on a petition filed by Rajkamal Films International, the production house of the actor challenging the two-week ban imposed by the Tamil Nadu Government on january 23, two days before its scheduled release on January 25.