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The Accidental PM: Delhi HC dismisses ban on trailer, directs petitioners to file PIL

The petition seeking a ban on the trailer of the upcoming film 'The Accidental Prime Minister' has been dismissed by the Delhi High Court. Instead, the Delhi High Court has directed the petitioners to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the matter. The petition was filed by Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi based designer, through her lawyer, advocate Arun Maitri. The petition can be read here. [embeddoc url="https://www.medianama.com/wp-content/uploads/petition-accidental-pm.pdf" download="all"] Maitri told MediaNama, "the Court is of the view that the matter is of public importance and that it requires the adjudication of a PIL." The matter has been listed for hearing on January 9, 2018. "Now the issue has become much larger, the film is going to be released on January 11th. The issue will not be just about banning the trailer but banning the film also," added Maitri. Earlier, Mahajan had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to take down trailer of the movie from YouTube and Google. The petitioner alleged that the trailer is "affecting, harming the image of the Constitutional post of Hon'ble  Prime Minister of India and giving a bad name at the national as well as at the international level." The Accidental Prime Minister First Look: Anupam Kher's Uncanny Resemblance with Manmohan Singh is Hard to Ignore https://t.co/fqwxOGq1Fb — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) June 7, 2017 The petitioner contends that: The Prime Minister's post is constitutionally protected and that under no circumstance can any individual, company or film producer have the…

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