January 7: A single bench of the Delhi High Court today dismissed a Plea seeking ban on the trailer of the film "The Accidental Prime Minister," with a liberty to the petitioner to file the plea in front of a division bench of the Delhi High Court.
The order today, however, paved the way for the movie to hit the screen on its scheduled date i.e on January 11.
The petition was filed through advocate A Maitri, who claimed that the trailer of the movie is defaming, the post of prime minister on an everyday basis in the public domain before the public at large.
The petitioner has made the Centre as parties through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Central Board of Film Certification, Google (India) as well as YouTube, promoting the trailer.
It was contended that even after the disclaimer that the movie is based on a book written by Sanjaya Baru, the facts represented in it are completely different, proving the disclaimer as untrue, false and fake.
It was further pointed out that the actors playing lead roles of constitution post have committed grave offences which are punishable under sections 416, providing for cheating by impersonation under Indian Penal Code(IPC).
While referring to the provisions of Cinematograph Act, the petition claimed that only such movie can be provided certificate when it is not depicting anything against the "interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the state, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality or involves any sort of defamations or contempt of court or likely to incite the commission of an offence", added that the CBFC should not have given the certificate allowing for the screening of the film.
The movie came to limelight for its striking plot portraying the reign of former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2014 under the United Progressive Alliance along with several other prominent leaders.
The star cast of the movie includes actor Anupam Kher, impersonating former economist and PM of India, Akshay Khanna, depicting noted journalist Sanjay Baru–a media advisor to the ex-PM and on whose controversial book the film is said to be based and several others alongside the Director and Producer of the film.