Cinematograph Act, 1952
12. Restrictions on powers of licensing authority
(1) The licensing authority shall not grant a license under this Part, unless it is satisfied that-
(a) the rules made under this Part have been substantially complied with, and
(b) adequate precautions have been taken in the place, in respect of which the license is to be given, to provide for the safety of persons attending exhibitions therein.
(2) Subject to the foregoing provisions of this section and to the control of the State Government, the licensing authority may grant licenses under this Part to such persons as that authority thinks fit and on such terms and conditions and subject to such restrictions as it may determine.
(3) Any person aggrieved by the decision of a licensing authority refusing to grant a license under this Part may, within such time as may be prescribed, appeal to the State Government or to such officer as the State Government may specify in this behalf and the State Government or the officer, as the case may be, may make such order in the case as it or he thinks fit.
(4) The Central Government may, from time to time, issue directions to licensees generally or to any licensee in particular for the purpose of regulating the exhibition of any film or class of films, so that scientific films, films intended for educational purposes, films dealing with news and current events, documentary films or indigenous films secure an adequate opportunity of being exhibited, and where any such directions have been issued those directions shall be deemed to be additional conditions and restrictions subject to which the license has been granted.