HC refuses stay on Shanghai's release

By Hindustan Times

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking stay on the June 8 release of Bollywood film Shanghai, saying there was nothing insulting in its song Bharat Mata Ki Jai and it merely depicted "the existing state of affairs" in India.

A division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajiv Shakdher said: "We do not find anything objectionable in the said song. In a democracy, every person has a right to voice his views and opinions... the same right to speech and expression cannot be curtailed except under some circumstances.

"The author of the song has merely sought to portray the existing state of affairs in India, once considered a golden bird... is now infested with diseases like dengue and malaria. The petition is dismissed," the bench opined.

Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga, president of Bhaga