What lies ahead this week in the Supreme Court? Note, the Court will not be in session from the 17th through the 19th -- it is on holiday.

 

Release of Narendra Modi's Biopic: The Election Commission of India on April 10th passed an order in exercise of its powers under article 324 of the Constitution banning the release of the film based on the life of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the time of elections and directed that any biopic materail in the nature of a biography which subserves the interests of a political or individual entity cinnected to it and has the potential to disturbing the level playing field during elections cannot be diaplyed in electronic media during the period that the Model Code of Conduct which was in place from 10th March, 2019, i.e. the date of announcement of the general elections by the Commision. This order of the Election Commossion has been challneged in a petition filed by the producers of the film which was to be released on April 5th originally. The case will be taken uo for hearing by a 3 Judge bench presided over by CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Monday April 15th.

 

2 new Judges recommended for appointment to the Supreme Court: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the elevation of Justice Aniruddha Bose, presently the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court and Justice AS Bopanna, currently serving as the Chief Justice og the Gauhati High Court for appointment to the Supreme Court of India. The addition of these two Judges will bring the Bench strength of the Supreme Court to 29 against a sanctioned strength of 31 Judges.