The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission
to re-examine its earlier order and take an informed decision on stay on the
release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after watching the entire
movie. The SC has asked the Election commission to report back to the court on
20th April on whether the movie is to be publicly screened or not.
Recently, the makers of the biopic had filed a plea
in the Supreme Court against the stay on the release. They had alleged that the
stay violated their fundamental right to free speech and expression as
guaranteed by Article 19 (1) (a) of the Indian constitution.
Exercising its powers under Article 324 of the
Indian constitution, the EC had deferred the release of the biopic till the
elections are over. It had argued that displaying material that promotes a
political figure would go against the core principle of the Model Code of
Conduct of creating a level-playing field for elections.
The Supreme Court had earlier rejected a plea by
an opposition party activist seeking a stay on the release of the biopic on
Narendra Modi. The court had left it to the EC to take a call on whether the
film violates the model code of conduct.