The Delhi High Court had dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the release of the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister. Following 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.
Supreme Court denies urgent hearing on an appeal filed against the Delhi High Court order that dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on the release of trailer of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister'
— ANI (@ANI) January 10, 2019
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.
The Accidental Prime Minister is slated for a release on 11 January.
Updated Date: Jan 10, 2019 13:29:33 IST