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The Accidental Prime Minister Case: SC refuses to grant an urgent hearing

The Supreme Court has refused to grant an urgent hearing to the plea seeking a ban on the trailer of and the film The Accidental Prime Minister. This means that the trailer will remain as is on YouTube and the movie will be released on its scheduled release date of January 11, 2019. The Supreme Court did not provide a specific time, but the matter will be heard in the coming weeks. 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.” Timeline of the case On January 9, petitioner Pooja Mahajan had filed a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court seeking a suspension on the release of The Accidental Prime Minister and a ban on the trailer from YouTube and Google. On January 9, the two judge bench of the Delhi High Court, headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon dismissed the plea. January 8, Pooja Mahajan filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the…

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