The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a plea seeking a ban on the release of Vivek Oberoi’s film PM Narendra Modi. The Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Khanna JJ said that the film had yet to obtain a certification from the Censor Board.
The top court also said that the final decision will whether the film’s release should be allowed or withheld will be taken by the Election Commission since the national poll body was best suited to decide on whether the film violated the Model Code of Conduct.
After hearing Dr AMSinghvi at length, LiveLaw website reported, CJI Gogoi concluded that a lot of court’s time was being taken on such issues. Singhvi said that the court’s time was meant for such cases. CJI Gogoi disagreed with him and dismissed the plea.
Vivek Oberoi is playing the lead role of Narendra Modi in the film. His father Suresh Oberoi is one of the three producers. The Congress has alleged that the film was a propaganda tool to help the BJP in this year’s Lok Sabha polls.
The film was originally scheduled to release on 5 April, but it’s release date has now been deferred.
Earlier, lyricists Javed Akhtar and Sameer had accused the producers of falsely using their names in the credits even though they had no association with the film.