August 18, 2019 | 5:05 PM IST

Apex Court to take up TikTok case on April 22

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Madras High Court to hear the case on banning of China made app TikTok for encouraging disturbing content and degrading Indian culture, provides easy access to pornography downloads and other inappropriate contents. The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna has listed the case for April 22.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Bytedance (India) Technology Pvt. Ltd, owner of TikTok contended that the ban was causing the company irreparable damage and that the petition was filed on exaggerated grounds.

TikTok claimed, “The Petitioner in the impugned order herein has invoked the Writ jurisdiction of the Hon’ble Madras High Court under Artcile 226 of the Constitution of India, as a ‘Public Interest Litigation’. However, the petitioner has not substantiated the legal grounds on which he has approached the Hon’ble High Court, and has merely resorted to vague allegations to support his claims. It is submitted that this is a blatant abuse of the process of ‘Public Interest Litigation’, which has evolved as an important tool to protect the larger interest of the people of this country.”

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