Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi-based petitioner, had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister that was quashed by the Delhi High Court, report India Today.
The film is based on the book of the same name written by Sanjaya Baru, the media advisor of former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, and records the term of Singh in office.
Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna play Dr Manmohan Singh and Sanjaya Baru, respectively, in The Accidental Prime Minister. The film is slated to open in theatres on January 11.
A Delhi-based fashion designer, Pooja Mahajan had filed a PIL claiming that the film will smudge the image of the prime ministerial post, nationally and internationally.
However, the Delhi High Court said that only those directly affected by the film had the right to approach and hence the court quashed Mahajan’s PIL and. The court also ruled that this was not a matter of public interest, and therefore, the PIL would have to be dismissed.
Earlier, Mahajan had filed a plea through her counsel Arun Maitri, claiming that the trailer violated Section 416 of the Indian Penal Code as imitation of a living character or living persons is not permissible in law.
In court Advocate Maitri said the makers of The Accidental Prime Minister had not taken the permission of Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi to portray them in the film.
On Monday, a single-judge bench had struck down Mahajan’s plea saying that it should be refiled as a public suit.
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