The Accidental Prime Minister: SC denies urgent hearing on appeal filed against Delhi HC order

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by Poonam Mahajan, challenging the Delhi HC order in favour of The Accidental Prime Minister.

FP Staff January 10, 2019 13:28:42 IST
The Accidental Prime Minister: SC denies urgent hearing on appeal filed against Delhi HC order

The Delhi High Court had dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the release of the trailer of The Accidental Prime MinisterFollowing this, the petitioner, Poonam Mahajan, had moved the Supreme Court. According to news agency ANI, the SC has also denied urgent hearing on the appeal she had filed against Delhi HC's order.

The Accidental Prime Minister SC denies urgent hearing on appeal filed against Delhi HC order

Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh in a still from The Accidental Prime Minister

The PIL sought the revocation of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) nod to the film and the subsequent withdrawal of its trailer, claiming that the film violated Section 416 of the Indian Penal Code as impersonation of a living character or living persons is not permissible in law. Further, it said that the the film is not based on Sanjaya Baru's book, a fact that has been maintained by the makers of The Accidental Prime Minister.

As per Bar and Bench, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V Kameswar Rao refused to entertain the PIL on the ground that the petitioner had no locus.

 Anupam Kher plays Manmohan Singh in the film that also stars Akshay Khanna and Arjun Mathur among others.

The Accidental Prime Minister is slated for a release on 11 January.

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