The Appellate Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court on Wednesday banned the import, distribution and screening of foreign films, including of Indian Bangla, Hindi or Pakistani movies during the national festivals, including Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha, Puja and Pahela Baishakh.
An Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after hearing an appeal against the High Court order that had stayed the import of jointly produced and foreign films for screening those in movie houses.
Lawyer Moniruzzaman Asad said the HC on May 10 stayed the import of jointly produced and foreign films after hearing a writ petition filed by Nipa Enterprise owner Selina Begum.
Later, Bangladesh Chalachitra Prodorshon Samity president, Iftekhar Uddin Nowshad filed an appeal with the Appellate Division challenging the High Court order.
The Appellate Division reviewed the HC order and allowed screening of jointly produced movies but banned the foreign
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