New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the PIL seeking a stay on the release of film ‘PM Narendra Modi’ during the period of Model Code of Conduct, ahead of Lok Sabha elections. (Also read: Gujarat Janchetna Party Writes to EC Demanding Ban on ‘PM Narendra Modi’) Also Read - Govt Working in War Footing Mode To Fight Second Wave of Covid-19, Says PM Modi
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The PIL was filed seeking a stay on the film ‘PM Narendra Modi’ considering the release date falls during the electoral process and the model code of conduct is in force. Also Read - Subramanian Swamy: PM Modi Should Make Nitin Gadkari in Charge Of War Against Covid
The PIL said that the release will help in building up the image of PM Narendra Modi and could influence the voters. Similar PILs have been filed in the Bombay High Court as well and the latter has sought the Election Commission’s reply on the same.
Meanwhile, the Congress had also approached the Election Commission to defer the release of the biopic featuring Vivek Oberoi in the title role. In its plea to the poll body, the party delegation comprising Randeep Singh Surjewala, Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, said that releasing the movie during elections would violate the model code of conduct and influence voters.
Later, Sibal told media, “We represented to the EC that there is a film being made on Narendra Modi, to be launched just a few days before the election. Its purpose is political. Three producers and actor belong to the BJP, the director is involved in Vibrant Gujarat. This is violative of all norms.”