Delhi High Court junks PIL seeking ban on 'The Accidental Prime Minister' trailer

Delhi High Court junks PIL seeking ban on The Accidental Prime Minister trailer

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking an order to ban the trailer of the upcoming film 'The Accidental Prime Minister'. The Delhi High Court division bench Chief Justice Rajender Menon and Justice V Kameswar Rao disposed of the PIL. Delhi High Court Justice Vibhu Bikhru on Monday dismissed a petition seeking ban on the trailer of the movie 'The Accidental Prime Minister' with the observation that petitioner has no personal interest in the matter. Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi based fashion designer has filed a petition that trailer of the movie has violated Section 416 of the Indian Penal Code as impersonation of a living character or living persons is not permissible in law. It has submitted that the film is based on a similarly titled book by Sanjaya Baru, the erstwhile media advisor of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It has submitted that actors Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna play Manmohan Singh and Baru in the film, slated to release on Friday.

It is further submitted that producers of film have not taken any consent from Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh to perform their characters or perform their political life or to dress up in the same way as they had been doing in their normal life or copy their voice in any manner. It is submitted on behalf of the petitioner that as per Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) guidelines on films based on real life characters, a 'no objection certificate (NOC)' is required, but for the trailer, no such NOC was obtained. Petitioner requested to the court through the petition to issue direction to the Centre, Google, YouTube and CBFC to take steps to stop the exhibition and display of the trailer. Counsel for the Petitioner submitted before the court that the film will harm the image of the constitutional post such as Prime Minister and will give it a bad name in India and in the world.

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