‘Jolly LLB 2’ row: SC to hear plea against HC order on Feb 3

The Supreme Court will hear on February 3, the petition of ‘Jolly LLB 2’ producer, challenging the Bombay High Court order appointing a panel to review the Akshay Kumar starrer.

The High Court has appointed a panel of two lawyers to review the film and file its report, after an advocate, Ajaykumar S Waghmare, filed a petition that ‘Jolly LLB 2’ portrays the judicial system and legal profession in a bad light. He also reportedly demanded that ‘LLB’ be removed from the title. 

Thereafter, the movie’s production company Fox Star Studio moved the apex court against the High Court order. Arguing on behalf of the producer, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said ‘Jolly LLB 2’ has already been cleared by the censor board and the appointment of the panel is not as per the law.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar on Wednesday agreed to hear the plea on Friday.

Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Jolly LLB 2’ started courting controversy ever since its trailer was released in December last year. Earlier, footwear giant Bata slapped a legal notice to the makers for for defamation and commercial disparagement, for tarnishing the brand in a dialogue. 

‘Jolly LLB 2’ is the second instalment of of 2013 National Award winning comedy-satire ‘Jolly LLB’. Directed by Subhash Kapoor, the movie also stars Anu Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Saurabh Shukla, and is slated to hit theatres on Fenruary 10.