SC dismisses petition seeking stay on release of PM Modi biopic

The Supreme Court today practically cleared hurdles for the release of biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi “PM Narendra Modi” by dismissing a petition filed by a Congress activist seeking stay on its release. The Apex court made it clear that the Election Commission would be an “appropriate” place to seek the redressal.

The apex court 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. It said even if the film is released on April 11, as claimed by the Congress activist, it will be appropriate for him to seek a redressal from the Election Commission.

“We, therefore do not consider it fit to entertain the petition”, said a bench comprising Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The court had on Monday said that “any kind of order from the court will be possible if the petitioner states and pleads what the film is seeking to depict and his objections on this count”.

The bench said the petitioner has been unable to append the copy of the biopic and the video clipping, which is a two minute trailer, was not sufficient to assess that the film would influence or impact the upcoming general elections. The bench also said even if the film tilts the balance in favour of BJP in the general elections as contended by the Congress activist, it is for the for the Election Commission to analyse the complaint.

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