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Dastagiri wants ban on 'Vivekam' film

Dastagiri wants ban on 'Vivekam' film

The latest film “Vivekam” based on the murder of former minister Y S Vivekananda Reddy five years ago is creating ripples in the political circles.

Though the film was banned from being screened on YouTube, it is still in private circulation of the people and also on some OTT platforms.

Dastagiri, who is one of the prime accused in the murder and has since turned approver in the case, approached the state high court seeking to stop the screening of the film and its circulation on social media.

He said the film makers have clearly mentioned in the titles that the film was based on the original statement given by him (Dastagiri) on the murder and that his name was used in the film without any change.

Raising strong objection to mentioning of his name in the film, Dastagiri said since the case is in the CBI court, the film should not be screened as it amounted to sub-judice. He made TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh as the respondents in the case.

“The film is being circulated on social media by iTDP, a social media wing of the TDP. This will damage my reputation as the case has not been disposed of by the state high court and the CBI inquiry was still going on,” he said.

His lawyer Jada Sravan Kumar said since Dastagiri is contesting as a candidate from Pulivendula in the state assembly elections, the screening of the film would affect his prospects in the elections. 

“This is nothing but an infringement on the fundamental rights of Dastagiri,” he said and requested the Election Commission of India to order stoppage of the film.


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