The Supreme Court has refused to put a stay on
the release of biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The SC is of the opinion
that it is too early to intervene as the Central Board of Film Certification has
not yet certified the film.
Supreme Court’s observations comes in the
backdrop of a petition filed by opposition party which had accused the film to
be in violation with the model code of conduct. The scheduled release of the film
during upcoming Lok Sabha Elections has generated widespread debate with
opposition political parties alleging that it is a “propaganda film”.
Previously, the Central Board of Film
Certification (CBFC) had sought directions from Election Commission on how it
should certify political films when the Model Code is in effect. The EC had
clarified that when MCC is in force, CBFC should certify political films/films
that are political in nature as per extant provisions of the Cinematograph Act,