After stalling the release of biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Election Commission of India today ordered the taking down of web series "Modi- The Journey of Common man", which was being streamed in the platform Eros Now.
In a letter addressed to the producers of Eros Now, the ECI said that from the trailer of the series, it was apparent that it showcased different phases of life of Narendra Modi from childhood in five episodes.
In its April 10 order stopping the release of Modi biopic, the ECI had said that "any biopic material in the nature of biography /hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political entity or any individual entity connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in electronic media including cinematograph during the operation of MCC".
Referring to that order, the poll panel said :
"in view of the admitted facts and materials on record this web series, being an original web series on Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and a political leader and a prospective candidate in the current General Elections to the Lok Sabha, cannot be exhibited in view of the aforesaid order".
The Commission has directed Eros Now to stop "forthwith" the online streaming of the web series and take down its content, and file a compliance report in that regard.
The producers of Modi biopic have approached the SC challenging the stay. On April 15,the top court directed the Commission to watch the entire film and report to SC its decision in a sealed cover by April 19. The Court will consider the case on April 22.