The Election Commission of India has banned Eros Now’s Original Series Modi: Journey Of A Common Man, a web series based on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the order issued, the Election Commission has directed Eros Now to stop the streaming of the web series and to remove its content till further notice. The poll body also referred to its order on April 10 that banned a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
EC had put a ban on screening of Bollywood biopic PM Narendra Modi to avoid disturbing the “level playing field”, which was set to release on April 11. The ban prohibited the film to be screened until the Lok Sabha elections are over. Following this move, the EC also banned NaMo TV citing the same law, which also had politicised content.
The notice sent to Eros Now said that “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 & remove all connected content of the series till further orders.”
It further said that “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”.
Following the ban on PM Narendra Modi biopic, the producers of the film had approached the Supreme Court for relief. The apex court had asked the Election Commission to submit a report after screening the movie for possible contents that can disturb the election Model Code of Conduct. A bench headed by the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is likely to hear the matter on Monday, April 21.