Bombay High court quashed the conditions imposed by the Maharashtra government which barred any cast or crew members above 65 years at the shooting site of fiction or non-fiction programming during a pandemic.
The court said that all advisories issued by the governments in view of Covid-19 pandemic for persons above 65 years of age, will be applicable to elderly cast or crew members visiting shooting sets.
Earlier , Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) through advocate Ashok Saraogi approached the HC seeking to quash and set aside conditions imposed by the government on May 30 Along with actor Pramod Pandey (69).
Whereas, the government pleader told the High Court that the guidelines were not discriminatory or arbitrary, however it was of temporary nature and in the interest of senior citizens. These guidelines were based on directives issued by the Centre in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and though they read as prohibition, no coercive action will be taken against elderly artists.
Justice Kathawalla, said, “If there is no general prohibition on persons above the age of 65 years from working or practicing their trade in those sectors and businesses which are allowed to operate, an age-based prohibition in only one industry, namely the film industry/television/OTT, without any material to support its differential classification, would constitute an unreasonable restriction.”
Keeping this in mind, the bench said, “We are of the view that the impugned condition that seeks to apply to persons above the age of 65 who are engaged in only one occupation or trade but not to others of the same class, cannot be said to be a reasonable restriction.”