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Bombay High Court Quashes Maharashtra Govt’s ''Discriminatory'' OrderRestricting Film, TV professionals Above 65 To Be On Sets [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 10 Aug 2020 9:40pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Bombay High Court Quashes Maharashtra Govt’s ''Discriminatory'' OrderRestricting Film, TV professionals Above 65 To Be On Sets [READ JUDGMENT]

In a relief to elderly actors and entertainment crew, the Bombay High Court on August 7 observed that the state’s ban on cast and crew members above 65 years of age from attending film sets during the Covid-19 pandemic is discriminatory. The Bombay High Court quashed and set aside conditions imposed by the Maharashtra government through two Government Resolutions (GR), which barred any cast or crew members above 65 years at the shooting site of fiction or non-fiction programming during a pandemic.

The court also clarified that all advisories issued by the governments in view of the Covid-19 pandemic for persons above 65 years of age, will be applicable to elderly cast or crew members visiting shooting sets.

A division bench on Friday passed ruling on the pleas challenging the restrictions. Along with actor Pramod Pandey (69), Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) through advocate Ashok Saraogi also approached the HC seeking to quash and set aside conditions imposed by the government on May 30.

In its 16-page set of guidelines for producers to follow as and when they begin the film and television production, the government had said that while actors above 65 will not be permitted on sets, no audience will be allowed for fiction or non-fiction programming.

The bench has also directed the state government to file an affidavit explaining the “data, statistics, or reports” for issuing the prohibitory orders.

Earlier the Court had also enquired from the state government whether these restrictions, as per GRs, dated May 30 and June 23,… Continue Reading...


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