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Kaali poster: Leena Manimekalai moves Supreme Court seeking to quash FIRs

Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of India challenging the multiple FIRs registered against her in various states over the poster of her documentary “Kaali”.

The filmmaker moved the top court, seeking to quash the multiple FIRs registered in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand on complaints by Hindutva groups and Hindu nationalists against the same poster, which showed the award winning filmmaker herself dressed as the the goddess Kaali, smoking a cigarette and holding a pride flag.

The Tamil Nadu born filmmaker who has been facing a Hindutva hate campaign since the poster released, has also sought for a stay of the proceedings in the meantime.

Manimekalai in petition said that her attempt as a creative filmmaker was to depict the image of a “radically inclusive goddess” and not to offend the religious sentiments of any person, Live Law reported.

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She contends that the multiple FIRs amount to harassment and infringement of her constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud agreed to list the petition next Friday, after the matter was mentioned for urgent listing on January 13, the legal website reported.

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