Supreme Court will hear the appeal
against the telecast of the film, Father, Son and Holy
War. The appeal was filed by Doordarshan against a
Bombay High Court order directing it to telecast the
film on the national network.
Father, Son and Holy War, a
documentary film by Anand Patwardhan, deals with the
relationship between male dominance and communal
violence in India. It was completed in 1994 and
submitted for telecast to DD in 1995.
After DD failed to respond for two
years, a writ petition was filed in the Bombay High
Court seeking directions for the telecast of the film
on DD's national network. In February 2001, the
Bombay High Court ruled that DD must telecast the film
within six weeks.
After the elapse of the six weeks,
DD sought more time to comply with the order. The
court granted two weeks' time. DD then filed an appeal
in the Supreme Court, which is coming up for hearing