SC agrees to hear plea challenging release of PM Modi biopic on 15 Apr
MUMBAI: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea challenging the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to ban the release of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th April. Recently, the EC had banned the release of the film till the general election is over.
According to a PTI report, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it will hear the plea filed by the biopic’s producers.
The EC on Wednesday had stopped the release of PM Modi’s biopic till the Lok Sabha gets competed on 19th May. The EC order came two days before the film was slated to release on 12th April.
EC had said that any such film that subserved the purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in the electronic media.
The EC decision had come a day after the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by a Congress activist seeking a stay on the release of the biopic and said the Election Commission would be an “appropriate” place to seek redressal.
The apex court said it was not entertaining the petition for the stay on the release of the film as it was “premature”, since the movie was yet to be certified by the Censor Board.
It said that even if the film was released on April 11, as claimed by the Congress activist, it will be appropriate for him to seek a redressal from the Election Commission. The plea had sought deferment of the biopic’s release till the completion of the Lok Sabha polls, alleging that it was designed to “manipulate, influence and impress viewers and voters.”