In latest news, Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench on Wednesday lifted the ban on video mobile application TikTok that was owned by Chinese company ByteDance.
Deciding the case lodged by advocate Muthukumar, the bench cancelled its interim order on banning the app, subject to conditions that inappropriate videos will not be uploaded on it, failing with the disrespect of court proceedings would again start.
Previously this month, the high court, on a petition filed by an advocate, issued an interim order to the Central government banning downloading of the TikTok application in India and also restricted the media from telecasting such videos taken using the mobile app.
The high court passed an interim order banning the app citing improper and pornographic content.
Tamil Nadu’s Information Technology Minister M. Manikandan had previously said the state would write to the Central government seeking a ban on the application in India.
The high court recruited leading lawyer Arvind Datar as an independent counsel to the court.
On an appeal which was lodged by the Chinese company, the Supreme Court, on April 22, asked the Madras High Court (MHC) to mull over TikTok’s request for an temporary relief by April 24, failing which the ban imposed on the mobile application will stand lifted.
The apex court refused to pass any order regarding the matter.
(With inputs from IANS)