New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Election Commission to watch Vivek Oberoi-starrer ‘PM Narendra Modi‘ movie and take a call accordingly on whether it should be banned or not. The apex court has asked the poll body to submit its recommendation by April 22 in a sealed cover.
The producers of the movie had moved a petition against the ban imposed on biopic ‘PM Narendra Modi’ by the Election Commission on April 12.
The court agreed to hear the matter after the producers submitted the plea raising issues related to fundamental rights of freedom of speech and expression.
Actor Vivek Oberoi along with his lawyer Hitesh Jain had earlier appeared before the poll panel and advocated, “We have made a film. We are living in a democratic country where everybody has the freedom of speech. It’s very simple. We are here to follow law, rules and regulations as citizens of the country.”
The film, directed by Omung Kumar, narrates the story of Modi from his humble beginnings to becoming the Prime Minister of India.
The poll panel earlier ruled that any material that disturbs a level-playing field should not be displayed.
The EC said any poster or publicity material concerning any such certified content, which either depicts a candidate for the furtherance of electoral prospect directly or indirectly, shall not be put on display in the electronic media in the areas where the model code of conduct is in force, amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.