SC dismisses plea by Narendra Modi biopic makers, refuses to interfere with EC decision

Murali Krishnan April 26 2019

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The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by the producers of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi challenging the decision of Election Commission to ban political content till the Lok Sabha Elections are over.

The Election Commission had directed that biopic material serving the interests of any political entity or having the potential to disturb the level playing filled during elections cannot be displayed.

The producers of Modi Biopic had challenged the same.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna made it clear that it is not a question of certification, and hence it is not inclined to interfere.

“We are not inclined to interfere”, the Bench said. 

The Supreme Court had refused to entertain a petition seeking a ban on the Narendra Modi biopic during election season. The Bench had held that whether or not the movie violates election laws is for the Election Commission to decide.

A day later, the Election Commission effectively put a ban on the broadcast of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the upcoming election season. This order of the EC was subsequently challenged before the Supreme Court.

On April 15, the Supreme Court  asked the Election Commission to watch the biopic on Prime minister Narendra Modi and submit a report in a sealed cover. Th EC was also told to give its opinion on whether the broadcast of the movie ought to be put on hold till the Lok Sabha elections are over.

In its report to the Court, the EC once again opined that the film should be shelved during the election season.