EC stops release of PM Modi biopic during election period

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The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday stopped the release of the movie ‘PM Narendra Modi”, a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying any such film that sub-served purpose of any political party should not be displayed in the electronic media.

Earlier, the movie was scheduled to release on April 11, the day Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is set to begin.

On Tuesday the Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking a stay on the release of the movie, saying that it is for the EC to decide whether the release of the movie on the date of elections can tilt the balance in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as alleged by the opposition Congress.

The top court had said, “the plea is “premature” as the movie was yet to be certified by the Censor Board.”

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who represented Congress had alleged that the film violates the Model Code of Conduct and that most of the people associated with the movie were linked to the BJP.