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ECI TO FILE A REPLY TO PIL SEEKING STAY ON RELEASE OF BIOPIC ON NARENDRA MODI

Team SoOLEGAL 1 Apr 2019 10:14am

ECI TO FILE A REPLY TO PIL SEEKING STAY ON RELEASE OF BIOPIC ON NARENDRA MODI

A Public Interest Litigation was filed seeking the biopic on Narendra Modi to be stayed. The film was all set to be released on 5th April, 2019. The petitioner, Satish Sugriv Gaikwad, alleged that the movie is in violation of the model code of conduct which is issued by the Election Commission Of India covering the whole of India. The PIL states as under

"That all the respondent hereby prime facie advertently disobeyed the election code of conduct. In furtherance while releasing the movie during election code of conduct has been imposed clearly shows that it is nothing but the infringement of the legal right (right to Vote) of the citizen of the state. 
The petitioner has also sought directions to remove the trailer of the film from all social media platforms. Because by releasing the movie on 5th of April 2019 the respondent no. 9 will be trying to influence the voter to vote in favour of a particular candidate and which may disturb the execution of free and healthy election process."


Advocates Ganesh Gupta and Tohsif Shaikh appear on behalf of the petitioner. He is national president of the Republican Party of India (I) seeking a stay on the release of the movie PM Narendra Modi. The matter was listed before a bench comprising of Chief Justice NH Patil and Justice NM Jamdar. The Election Commission has to file a reply today, that IS 1st April. The petitioner alleged that

"In the guise of the movie surrogate advertising of sitting Prime Minister is sought and with motive to circumvent the Model Code of Conduct."
A notice was issued by the Bombay High Court to the ECI to file a reply to a PIL filed by Gaikwad.

Tagged: BombayHighCourt   ElectionCommissionOfIndia   PublicIntererstLitigation   NarendraModi  
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