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Kerala High Court Stays CBFC Certification Of Malayalam Film ‘Aquarium’ On Nun’s Plea That It Offends Religious Sentiments

The Kerala High Court has stayed for two weeks the certification granted to Malayalam Film ‘Aquarium’ slated to be released on an Over-The-Top Platform (OTT) ‘Saina Top Play’. A Bench of Justice PV Kunhikrishnan issued the stay order upon a petition by a nun, Sister Josia. “Hence, all further proceedings based on certification granted as per certificate dated… is stayed for a period of two weeks”, the Court ruled. In Court, Senior Advocate George Poonthottam for Sister Josia argued that the film is highly defamatory to Roman Catholic Christians, and stated that the film was slated to be released over OTT. With this submission, the senior counsel took the Court through some of the scenes in the script, contending that the script contained defamatory statements about nuns.

Asia Law Offices advised a major transnational strategic collaboration between its client, UAE-Based Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, and Swiss pharma major Acino Pharmaceuticals.

ALO represented Pharmax in the structuring and closure of entire transaction documents of the significant collaboration.

The collaboration framework extends to licensing, manufacturing, and supply of Acino formulations within the gastroenterology and the cardiovascular space throughout the Middle East and Africa.