Sarwar Bhatti and the makers of The Legend of Maula Jatt have long been engaged in a legal battle from quite some time now. Sarwar Bhatti claimed a violation of his copyrights and took the makers of the The Legend of Maula Jatt to court. The film stars Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi and Humaima Malik in lead roles.
Following the court’s verdict on 18/3/2019, both the parties claimed that the court had ruled in their favor. We reached out to Ahmed Pansota, the legal counsel of the makers of The Legend of Maula Jatt and asked him to shed light on this.
The lawyer clarified that Sarwar Bhatti submitted a civil miscellaneous application in court, requesting the court to suspend the copyrights and certificates of their film. Their party challenged Sawar Bhatti’s appeal in return. The judge then ordered that the respondents are restrained from performing the aforementioned acts unauthorizedly.
He said, “We asked the judge specifically if there was any kind of prohibition on the film? As we have all the legal permissions obtained with us. Upon this, the judge replied If you have them then this verdict does not affect you. Nevertheless, the order was passed. The other party presented the verdict in a different light in the public eye and termed it a stay order while we claimed that its not a stay order.”
He further added, “As 18/3/19’s order was not clear, a segment of media we work with wanted us to ask the court for clarification. Therefore we formally filed a CM to seek clarity.
Later on 30/4/19, the judge shed light on the verdict dated 18/3/2019 and clarified that the applicant has not been restricted to do any act that he is entitled or authorized to do so in accordance with the law.”
Ahmed Pansota further added, “Court has categorically ordered that we can do anything we want as long as it is in accordance with law.
As we have followed all the due processes and obtained all the documents of the Legend of Maula Jatt legally, therefore I can safely conclude today, that there is no stay order left on the film. We are allowed to do anything we want to do in accordance with the law, and that includes going ahead for censorship”