EC submits report to Supreme Court on biopic of PM Modi, plea to be heard on April 26

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 22 April 2019, 12:24 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Biopic
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Biopic

The Supreme Court 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 and asked the poll panel to supply a copy of the report to the producer of the movie.

The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, has now fixed the plea of producers challenging the EC's ban on the movie for hearing on April 26.

Last Friday, the poll panel, on the direction of the top court, had finalised its stand on whether the ban imposed by it on the biopic on PM Modi should continue.

The Supreme Court had on Monday directed the commission to watch the full biopic on Modi and take an informed decision on banning its pan India release by April 19.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also directed the poll panel to submit its decision to the court in a sealed cover and said it will consider the matter on April 22.

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

Earlier this month, the EC had banned the screening of the biopic during the current poll period, saying any such film that subserves the purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in electronic media.

Acting on complaints by 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 areas where Model Code of Conduct was in force.

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

First Published: Monday, April 22, 2019 12:22 PM
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