SC refuses to interfere with EC order staying release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’ biopic

  1. The Supreme Court has dismissed the plea seeking the release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’ a biopic on the Prime Minister.
  2. The EC had deferred the release of the biopic till the elections are over arguing that displaying material that promotes a political figure would go against the core principle of the Model Code of Conduct of creating a level-playing field for elections.
  3. The producers of the film had challenged the Election Commission’s decision to stop the release despite getting clearance from the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC). Following the plea, the SC had directed the EC to re-examine its earlier order and take an informed decision on the stay.
  4. Recently, the Election Commission submitted a report to SC where it stood by its decision to defer the release of the PM Narendra Modi biopic. The EC had contended that the film is a hagiography.  The film has treated the subject with undue reverence, and its public screening during poll campaign would tilt the electoral balance.
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