Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Democratic Progressive Alliance on Thursday sought the intervention of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on the issue relating to police permission for screening a propaganda film produced by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

In a complaint to the CEO, leaders of the alliance said according to the Tamil Nadu Exhibition of Films on Television Screen through video cassette (Regulation) Act 1984, normally such films were to be shown after obtaining prior permission of the District Superintendent of Police concerned.

The State Government through an order issued on November 12, 1990, gave exemption to certain provisions of the Act, and stated that during elections, permission could be obtained from the local Inspector of Police, they added.

"Scant regard"

But the police were acting in a "highly partisan" manner and "showing scant regard" for the Act and the Government Order by "not giving permission" for screening the film, they said.