New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday submitted its report covered in sealed covers before the Supreme Court regarding the release of Vivek Oberoi starrer biopic ‘PM Narendra Modi’. The top court, in turn, posted the matter for further hearing on Friday, April 26 Also Read - Code of Conduct: EC Asks Petrol Pumps to Remove Hoardings With PM Modi's Photos Within 72 Hours
Notably, the top court had last week directed the Commission to watch the full biopic on Modi and take an informed decision on banning its pan India release by April 19. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also directed the poll panel to submit its decision to the court in a sealed cover, saying that next hearing on the matter will be held on April 22. Also Read - Bengal Election 2021: Election Commission Removes Bengal ADG a Day After Announcing Poll Dates
Appearing for the film’s producers, who challenged the EC’s ban on its release, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said that the poll panel banned it just by watching the promo and did not watch the full movie. Also Read - Election 2021 Dates Announced: Model Code of Conduct Comes Into Force | Check Out Dos And Don'ts
Earlier, the EC had banned the screening of the biopic during the current poll period, saying any such film that subserves the purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in electronic media.
Acting on complaints by political parties, including the Congress, the poll panel had asserted that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level playing field should not be displayed in areas where Model Code of Conduct was in force.
The Modi biopic is directed by Omung Kumar. The Vivek Oberoi-starrer tells the story of PM Modi’s rise to power from his humble beginnings.