The Punjab government late Tuesday has banned the film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ in the state over sentiments of Sikhs being hurt according to government officials.

The decision of the Punjab government came just hours after the Supreme Court of India cleared the film for an India wide release on April 13 calling on the states to ensure a proper release.

Reports came from Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib where Jathedar Giani Gurbhachan Singh opposed the release of the film as he stated that he did not give approval.

The Supreme Court of India ruled that the freedom of expression can not be overruled by sentiments of a certain group of people.

Chief Justice Misra said: “Once the CBFC grants the certificate, there can’t be any kind of impediment for the exhibition of the film. It is well settled that once the CBFC grants a certificate, it is final.”

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