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Supreme Court dismisses PIL seeking ban on BBC documentary critical of PM Modi

Supreme Court of India Friday dismissed the Hindutva group’s PIL seeking the total ban on the BBC for airing the documentary titled, ‘India: The Modi Question’ that questions Narendra Modi’s leadership during Gujarat Muslim genocide 2002.

The top court said that the plea by Hindu Sena chief is “totally misconceived.”

Plea by Vishnu Gupta, President of Hindu militant organisation Hindu Sena and one Beerendra Kumar Singh, a farmer has, besides seeking a total ban on the documentary, also sought investigation into BBC what for the petitioners alleged to be anti-India reporting.

“Let us not waste any more time, Writ plea is entirely misconceived. it has no merit. Thus dismissed,” the top court said.

The two episodes of the documentary, titled India: The Modi Question, were released on January 17 and January 24.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs had said that the documentary lacked objectivity and portrayed portray a “blatant colonial mindset”.

The Union government had directed YouTube and Twitter to remove links sharing snippets from the documentary. However, attempts to screen the documentary were made across India in streets and campuses including the University of Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pondicherry University, Ambedkar University, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and the Presidency University in Kolkata.

The first epiose alleges that a team sent by the British government had found that Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat when the genocide took place, was “directly responsible for a climate of impunity” that led to the violence against Muslims.

The second episode is about the Islamophobic events after Modi became PM in 2014 including passage of CAA, Hindu mob lynchings and Delhi pogrom.

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