SC Refuses Urgent Hearing on Plea Against Film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’

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SC Refuses Urgent Hearing on Plea Against Film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea challenging the January 7 order of the Delhi High Court which had disposed of a petition seeking to ban the trailer of upcoming movie, 'The Accidental Prime Minister'. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri which said the matter would come up for hearing in the regular course.

The plea in the apex court has sought stay on exhibition of trailer of the film on YouTube and to suspend the release and exhibition of the movie during pendency of the matter. The high court on January 7 had disposed of the writ petition against the trailer but left it open for petitioner to file a public interest litigation (PIL).

The film is scheduled for release on January 11.The movie, which stars Anupam Kher as former prime minister Manmohan Singh, is based on a book of the same name by Singh's then media advisor Sanjaya Baru.

The petitioner’s advocate Arun Maitri told MediaNama, “Even (if) the film is released tomorrow, the problem does not stand solved as YouTube is a party and video of film and trailer remain on YouTube for a long time so we will go for logical end for our SLP (Special Leave Petition) and points raised by us.” He added that they will not be remedy-less even if the matter is heard a week after the film’s release. He said, “we have to tell them that they committed a wrong and in the future such wrongs should not be repeated. And moreover, such legal issues require adjudication.”

A division bench of the high court had Wednesday rejected the PIL seeking ban on the movie and its trailer saying the petitioner has no locus standi to file the plea and private interest was involved in it.The petitioner had alleged in the high court that provisions of the Cinematograph Act were being misused and the film producer has released the trailer affecting the image of the office of the prime minister and giving a bad name to it at the national and international level.