SC agrees to hear plea challenging ban on PM Modi’s Biopic


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea challenging the Election Commission's (EC) ban on the release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


The plea was filed by producers of the biopic.

A bench headed by Chief Justice said it will hear the plea on April 15.

On Wednesday, the Election Commission had banned the screening of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during poll period.

In its order, it pointed out that any film that subserves the purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in the electronic media.

Earlier, the film had been criticised by the opposition parties and claimed that the biopic could give undue advantage to the BJP in the polls as it will arrive in theatres before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition filed by a Congress activist seeking a stay on the film's release.

The plea had sought deferment of the biopic's release till the completion of the coming Lok Sabha polls.

The petition also alleged that it was designed to manipulate, influence and impress viewers and voters.

However, the apex court had said it was not entertaining the petition for the stay on the release of the film as it was "premature" since the movie is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.

The top court said that the Election Commission was the right forum to decide the issue.

The apex court added that if the film is released on April 11, it will be appropriate for him to seek redressal from the Election Commission.

On Tuesday, the biographical drama on Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received 'Universal' certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), subsequently, the Congress activist succeeded in securing a ban on its release from the EC on Wednesday.


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