A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Monday received the EC’s detailed report on the biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and directed the poll panel to supply a copy of the report to the producer of the movie.
The bench also comprised justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna and it has fixed the date of hearing on the plea of producers challenging the EC’s ban on the movie on Friday (April 26).
The Election Commission on April 15 was directed by the apex court to revisit its previous order and take an informed decision on banning the pan-India release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after watching the full movie.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for film producers had challenged the EC’s ban on the biopic’s release till the current general elections are over and informed the top court that the poll panel has taken the decision after watching the promo, and not the entire movie.
While EC’s counsel Amit Sharma had stated that since the entire movie was not available, the decision to ban the release was taken after watching the trailer. It was then that the apex court directed the panel to go through the entire film.
The EC had on April 10 stalled the release of the film until the end of the poll, asserting that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level-playing field during elections should not be displayed.
The commission, in a separate order, had also directed the producers “not to exhibit the film titled ‘PM Narendra Modi’ till further orders”. The film was earlier set to release on April 11.