The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday dismissed a plea, seeking a stay over the release of Narendra Modi’s biopic.
It was filed by Congress activist Aman Panwar.
The apex court dubbed the challenge as non-issue and did not show any interest to do hearing over it.
The court took the stand after mentioning that there was no necessity to entertain the petition, which alleges the film to be a blatant propaganda dressed up as a work of art in violation of the Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha elections.
A bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said the film had not been certified and it would be premature to intervene now.
While the court became informed about the movie producer had scheduled its release in April 11, the day of the first phase of the Lok Sabha election, the court said any circumstances that will arise from its release on that day and after would lie under the Election Commission of India’s jurisdiction.
Though senior advocate AM Singhvi, represented for petitioner and Congress activist Aman Panwar, said the ECI had been sitting on a complaint filed by the Congress for the past two weeks.
The advocate put a two minutes video footage of the film to show parts of the movie that exactly correspondent with the anthem and election campaigneering of the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. He pointed out that the lead character of the film Vivek Oberoi is a star campaigner of the saffron party for this election. And the words used in the film could be found in campaign slogans of 2014.
The film would play out for 40 days and throughout the duration of the coming general election. He argued that it should not be screened on the day of polling or afterwards as it is about a level playing field and violations of electoral law.