Delhi High Court rejects PIL seeking ban on the trailer of 'The Accidental Prime Minister

Post the hearing the lawyer mentioned to the media that the petitioners will take the case to the Supreme Court.

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A Delhi based fashion designer Pooja Mahajan had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court on seeking a ban on the trailer of the movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ saying it has caused damage to the name and fame of the office of Prime Minister.

Mahajan has filed the PIL through her counsel Arun Maitri. Maitri stated that the film will tarnish the image of the Constitutional post such as Prime Minister and will give it a bad name nationally and internationally.

A single judge bench on Monday disposed of the plea saying it should be filed again at a public suit. 

Pooja Mahajan has also requested the court to quash the CBFC's certificate given to the film, as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) guidelines based on real-life characters, a 'no objection certificate' (NOC) is required. However for the trailer, no such NOC was obtained, the petitioner mentioned.

However today, The Delhi High court has dismissed the case and said, “We are dismissing on your locus, end of the matter.”  The bench was headed by Justice Rajendra Menon. The court also said, “If it is an offence under the Cinematograph Act, let the aggrieved party go to the police and file a complaint.”

Post the hearing the lawyer mentioned to the media that the petitioners will take the case to the Supreme Court.

The film which is slated to release on January 10, 2019, is based on a similarly titled book by Sanjaya Baru, the former media advisor of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Anupam Kher and Akshay Khanna will be seen essaying the role of Manmohan Singh and Baru in the film.

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