EC submits detailed report in SC on biopic of PM Modi

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NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Monday submitted its detailed report to the Supreme Court on the biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took the EC's report on Modi's biopic.

The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna has asked the poll panel to supply a copy of the report to the producer of the movie.

The bench also fixed the plea of producers challenging the EC's ban on the movie for hearing on Friday.

On April 15, the apex court had directed the Election Commission to watch the full biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and directed to submit its decision to the court in a sealed cover before April 22.

Earlier, Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi had appeared for film producers who challenged the EC's ban on release and had said the poll panel banned it just by watching the promo and did not watch the full movie.

He also added that they are willing to hold a special screening for the poll panel or its committee to take an informed decision.

On April 10, the Election Commission had banned the screening of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 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 April 9, 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 April 9, 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 April 10.

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