A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court to stall the release of John Abraham’s film, Batla House however, the HC gave the film a go ahead after telling the makers to delete a few scenes and add a few disclaimers.
The makers have agreed to delete the scenes which were objectionable to the petitioners, Ariz Khan, who is facing trial in the Batla House encounter case and Shahzad Ahmed, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court and his appeal is pending in the High Court. The petitioners claimed that the film shows a link between the bomb blast and the encounter case and can therefore prejudicially affect their trials.
After the court allowed the makers to release their movie after a few tweaks, John, who is also producing the film, released a statement on behalf of the makers to thank the HC for their decision.
The statement reads:
The makers of Batla House are overwhelmed and grateful to the Delhi High Court and its esteemed officers for viewing the sundry petitions against our film, in favour of releasing the film as planned and unhindered on August 15, 2019, Independence Day.
The makers have conceded to the minor changes ordered by the esteemed court and are working tirelessly to have these reflected immediately. The makers also confirm that they are glad to do so to ensure all sentiments and rights of under trials are not influenced or impacted in any way, as per best efforts.
The makers are grateful to all the partners of Batla House for their cooperation and support during this time. We now look forward to releasing our film as intended and hope audiences will enjoy this representation of an event that history should never forget.
Batla House is based on Operation Batla House that took place on 19 September 2008, against Indian Mujahideen terrorists in Batla House locality in Jamia Nagar, New Delhi. The film will clash with Akshay Kumar’s Mission Mangal On August 15.