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Delhi HC fines Dhobi Ghat petitioner

By: By: Kalyani Prasad Keshri
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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday fined the petitioner Rs 25,000 for filing a 'pointless' suit on the director Kiran Rao for the film Dhobi Ghat. The petitioner pleaded the court to change the name of the Aamir Khan starer film Dhobi Ghat, because the name offended the feelings of the members of dhobi community.

A Division Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra did not find any profound point in the plea by Vinod Kumar Kanojia, the Chairman of 'Hindustan Kanojia Organisation of Dhobis'

The court cleared that the title Dhobi Ghat does not refer to any community, but is only a geographical description of an area which is very commonly used. Justice Misra stated that the PIL was, “an abuse of the process of law," which wasted the precious time of the court. He charged Rs 25,000 as a fine from Kanojia. The money received through fine will go to the Blind Relief Association.

Kanojia had stated that the film"s title is creating a caste division in the Dhobi community. He had also requested the Film Censor Board to review the film"s title as it is definite to encourage caste division in the society.

The film Dhobi Ghat is likely to be released later this year or early next year.

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