Delhi High Court nixes plea to ban ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ trailer, says refile as PIL

Anupam Kher The Accidental Prime Minister

New Delhi, Jan 7: A Single bench of the Delhi High Court on Monday refused to entertain the plea seeking a ban on the trailer of the movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister and asked the petitioner to go to the division bench.

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 advocate 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 trailer of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is also spoiling relations with foreign countries and affects the sovereignty and integrity of India, the petitioner said.

The plea also said that facts have been twisted to malign the image of the former PM Manmohan Singh.

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

Actors Anupam Kher and Akshay Khanna are essaying the role of Manmohan Singh and Baru in the movie, which is set to release on Friday, (January 11).


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