Bilaspur.Highcourt News Bilaspur: The Central Board of Film Certification, through its counsel, submitted its reply in the Chhattisgarh High Court saying that they have no control over the Internet media and OTT platforms. Therefore, it is beyond their jurisdiction to ban such advertisements.
Chattisgarh Chamber of Commerce President and prominent social worker Ram Avtar Aggarwal, through his lawyer, has filed a public interest litigation in the Chhattisgarh High Court alleging that during the popular programs shown on TV, there is obscenity during the Syrians, films and other programs. There is a great performance.
Apart from this, advertisements of alcohol and tobacco are also shown indiscriminately. There is a demand for effective ban on such advertisements. During the last hearing, the Division Bench had issued notices to the Union Ministry of Health, Family Welfare, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and others and directed them to submit their replies.
There has been no response from other departments including the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Hearing of Public Interest Litigation in Division Bench of Chief Justice AK Goswami and Justice Gautam Bhaduri. Instructing to present the replies of the major departments, the date for the next hearing has been fixed after three weeks.
The board gave this information
The Central Board of Film Certification, while submitting a written reply before the Division Bench, has stated that the Internet media and OTT platform is not controlled through it. The controlling authority has not been given to the Board by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The board only issues certificates to films, short films, documentaries, etc.
Central government is constantly asking for time
The reply has not yet been presented by the Central Government before the Division Bench. During the hearing, once on behalf of the Central Government, the Additional Solicitor General sought time to present the reply.
What is in PIL
CG Chamber of Commerce President and philanthropist Ramavtar Agarwal has complained in the PIL that obscenity is being served continuously on internet media and OTT platforms besides intoxicants. Advertisements for narcotics are also being shown.
Young generation is also getting attracted and consuming due to attractive advertisements. A large number are becoming addicted to drugs. Advertising agencies are also playing tricks to evade stringent laws.
Liquor advertisements are being shown confusing the brand name with the name of music CD, water bottle, soda etc. The advertising companies are also not following the norms of the Central Government.