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Biopic on PM Modi: SC to hear on Apr 15 plea challenging EC's ban on release of film

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Friday agreed to hear on April 15 a plea challenging the Election Commission's ban on the release of a biopic on Modi till the is over.

A bench headed by said it will hear the plea filed by the biopic's producers.

The poll panel had on Wednesday banned the screening of the biopic during the current poll period, saying any such film that subserves purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in the

The Commission, in a separate order, had also directed the producers "not to exhibit the film titled 'PM Modi' till further orders.

The Commission's order came on April 10, a day before it was to be released, coinciding with the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. Votes for all 543 seats will be counted on May 23 after the end of the seven-phase polling on May 19.

Acting on the complaints of political parties, including the Congress, the poll panel had asserted that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level playing field should not be displayed in the area where Model Code of Conduct was in force.

The copy of the order was also sent to the Central Board of chairman and Secretary,

"It is claimed that such creative contents are kind of surrogate publicity by the candidate or the political party during the period of model code. Though the display materials claim to be part of creative content, it is contended that these have propensity and potentiality to affect the level playing field which is not in consonance with the provisions of the model code of conduct," the had noted.

The order had specifically stated that in view of the admitted acts and material available on record, this film being a biopic on Modi, "and a political leader and a prospective candidate in the current general elections" can not be exhibited in view of Commission's order.

The order came after the apex court on Tuesday disposed of the petition filed by a activist seeking stay on the release of the biopic, saying the poll panel was the right forum to decide the issue.

The Modi biopic, starring and directed by Omung Kumar, tells the story of PM Modi's rise to power from his humble beginnings.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 13:55 IST
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