New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has reportedly finalised its decision on whether the ban imposed by it on the screening of PM Narendra Modi biopic during Lok Sabha Elections 2019 should continue. Also Read - Poll Panel Seeks Report on TMC's Complaint About PM's Pic on COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
The decision has been taken by the officials, drawn from the poll panel’s model code and legal divisions, who on Wednesday watched the biopic on the directions of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the producers of the biopic had put forth their views before the Commission on Thursday. (Full coverage of Lok Sabha Election) Also Read - Code of Conduct: EC Asks Petrol Pumps to Remove Hoardings With PM Modi's Photos Within 72 Hours
If sources quoted in a PTI report are to be believed, the poll body ‘may not digress’ from its earlier order. However, no official word has been minced over the same as of yet. Also Read - Bengal Election 2021: Election Commission Removes Bengal ADG a Day After Announcing Poll Dates
The top court was to be informed about its decision by the poll body on Friday. However, the same got postponed following the closure of court’s registry on the account of Good Friday. Now, the Commission is likely to submit its view on the ban on biopic to the apex court in a sealed envelope on Saturday.
Notably, the top court had on Monday 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.
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.
The EC had on last Wednesday 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.
(Inputs from PTI)