Election Commission bars Eros Now from streaming web series on PM Modi

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Updated: Apr 20, 2019 4:42 PM

The central poll panel asked Eros Now to stop streaming and remove all content related to web series 'Modi-Journey of a Common Man' till further orders.

Modi web series, Eros Now, Election Commission, lok sabha election newsEros Now has been asked to stop streaming of the web series on PM Modi. (File Photo)

Modi web series on Eros Now banned: Days after it stayed the release of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Election Commission on Saturday banned broadcast of a web series based on Modi’s life. The central poll panel asked Eros Now to stop streaming and remove all content related to web series ‘Modi-Journey of a Common Man’ till further orders.

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“It was brought to our notice that a web series “Modi-Journey of a Common Man”, having 5 episodes is available on your platform. You’re directed to stop forthwith the online streaming and remove all connected content of the series till further orders,” the Election Commission said in its notice to Eros Now.

“In view of the admitted facts and material available on record, this web series being an original web series on Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister and a political leader and a prospective candidate in the current general elections to the Lok Sabha, cannot be exhibited,” it added.

The Election Commission had banned the release of biopic on PM Modi during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections after complaints from Opposition parties led by the Congress. The poll body had said that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level playing field should not be displayed in areas where Model Code of Conduct was in force.

The movie, directed by Omung Kumar stars Vivek Oberoi in lead role shows the story of Narendra Modi’s life.

Following the ban, the producers of the film had approached the Supreme Court for relief. The top court had asked the Election Commission to watch the movie and submit a report. A bench headed by the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is likely to hear the matter on Monday, April 21.

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