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Election Commission stalls release of Prime Minister Narendra Modi biopic till completion of Lok Sabha polls
Date 10/04/2019 20:40  Author admin  Hits 53  Language Global
"Any biopic that subserves purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in electronic media," the election commission said in its directive.


The poll panel's move has come a day after the the Supreme Court refused to stay the release.


New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has stalled the release of biopic based on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, till the Lok Sabha polls are over.

The panel said the film disturbed the level-playing field.

"Any biopic that subserves purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in electronic media," the election commission said in its directive.

The biopic was set to release on April 11.

The poll panel's move has come a day after the Supreme Court refused to stay the release. It then said it was not the appropriate forum to decide whether the production tilts electoral balance in favour of any party.

The Supreme Court had, on Tuesday, dismissed a petition filed by a Congress activist seeking stay on the release of the biopic and said the Election Commission would be an "appropriate" place to seek the redressal.

The apex court said it was not entertaining the petition for the stay on the release of the film as it was "premature" since the movie is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.

The plea had sought deferment of the biopic's release till the completion of the coming Lok Sabha polls, alleging that it was designed to "manipulate, influence and impress viewers and voters".

The first phase of Lok Sabha polls is due on Thursday (April 11).




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