Jabalpur: On Tuesday the Madhya Pradesh High Court ,struck down the state government's suspension of screening of the Bollywood blockbuster Jodhaa Akbar.

In a roughly four-hour-long hearing, Chief Justice Anang Kumar Patnaik and Justice Prakash Shrivastav ruled in favour of a plea — submitted by the film's distributor UTV Software Communication Limited — challenging the suspension.

The bench turned down the government's contention that the screening might disturb peace.

''By invoking powers contained in the Madhya Pradesh Cinema Regulation Act, 1952, the state regime restricted the Freedom of Expression enshrined in the Constitution besides affecting business interests of the distributor,'' submitted petitioner's Counsel Akshay Dharmadhikari.

The government was represented by Advocate-General Ravinandan Singh.