Chennai: Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) motion seeking action against celebrities in the world of film and sports such as actors Tamannaah Bhatia, Prakash Raj AND Rana Dagubatti and former cricketers Virat Kohli and Saurav Ganguly for endorsing Online Games.
Last year, another bench of the court sent opinions to these celebrities on a petition by Mohammed Razvi, which accused the actors of promoting games harmful to people. had even died by suicide.
However, on Tuesday, a bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice M Duraiswamy ruled that the petition was filed for publicity purposes. The court observed that the petition was a “waste of time” and an attempt on the part of the petitioner to publicize. The petition, said the bench, was fueled by Rizvi’s “ambition to propel himself to stardom” by challenging commercials involving celebrities.
The petitioner, however, was free to approach the relevant authorities, which he deemed fit to take action to ban all online gambling, the judges said.
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Posted on: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:17 am IST