Nagpur advocate files PIL seeking regulation of web streaming services, Bombay High Court issues notice to centre

MUMBAI: Nagpur-based advocate Divya Ganeshprasad Gontia, represented by well-known advocate Shyam Dewani, recently filed a PIL  seeking regulation of the content of ‘web series’ or other programs which are broadcast directly through the internet.

A division bench of Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and M G Biradkar issued notices to the I&B Ministry, Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Home Affairs and also the Nagpur police commissioner, seeking replies by October 31.

Broadcasting nudity or vulgar scenes is a cognisable offence under IPC, Cinematograph Act, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986 and the Information Technology Act, 2000, Divya Ganeshprasad Gontia said on the other hand advocate Shyam Dewani said, “Web portals are trying to take complete ill advantage of authorities believing that they cannot be regulated by them.

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