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    The Accidental Prime Minister: Delhi High Court Rejects The Plea Seeking A Ban On The Trailer!


    The Delhi High Court on Monday disposed off a plea seeking a ban on the trailer of Anupam Kher starrer 'The Accidental Prime Minister.' Justice Vibhu Bakhru observed that the petitioner, Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi-based fashion designer, has no personal interest in the matter.


    The plea, filed by Mahajan through her counsel Arun Maitri, said the trailer violated Section 416 of the Indian Penal Code as impersonation of a living character or living persons is not permissible in law.

    The film is based on a similarly titled the book by Sanjaya Baru, the former media advisor of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 

    Advocate Maitri said the film's producers have not taken any consent from Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi 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.

    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, the petitioner said.

    In the plea, Mahajan has requested the court to issue direction to the Centre, Google, YouTube and CBFC to take steps to stop the exhibition and display of the trailer.

    However as per the latest reports, the single Bench of Delhi High Court refused to entertain the plea seeking a ban on the film's trailer and instead, directed the petitioner to PIL bench. The court did not pass any strictures aginst the film too.

    Starring Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna, 'The Accidental Prime Minister' is slated to release on Friday.

    (Inputs from IANS)

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