Amid calls by the Opposition parties and a few groups and individuals demanding a stay on the release of Narendra Modi biopic titled “PM Narendra Modi,” the Supreme Court, on Thursday, agreed to hear their plea.
The film was slated for release on April 5, a week before the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections are to begin.
In their petition filed against the release of the Modi biopic, the plaintiffs have said releasing the film would be a violation of the model code of conduct, which came into effect with the announcement of the Lok Sabha polls on March 10.
A Bench, led by Justice SA Bobde, listed the case for urgent hearing on April 8.
The Election Commission had however cleared the release of PM Narendra Modi stating that the film did not violate the model code of conduct.
The petition has been filed by Aman Panwar, an advocate and Congress leader who is being represented by senior advocate AM Singhvi.
Earlier, the Delhi High Court, in its ruling on April 1, had declined to entertain a plea seeking to defer the release of the film until the results of the Lok Sabha election 2019 are declared.
The Modi biopic starring Vivek Oberoi and directed by Omung Kumar has been mired in controversy since the launch of its trailer.