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Supreme Court sets April 24 deadline for Madras HC to dispose TikTok ban case

The Madras High Court on April 3 directed the state government to prohibit downloading TikTok app and media from telecasting videos made using the app

Apr 23, 2019 by The Passage Team
Supreme Court sets April 24 deadline for Madras HC to dispose TikTok ban case

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday told the Madras high court that the ban on the TikTok will be void unless the latter come to a decision on the ban by April 24.

The SC bench was hearing a plea by ByteDance against the Madras high court order. The bench comprises of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta, and Sanjiv Khanna.

TikTok India’s petition said around 200 TikTok India employees are at risk of losing their jobs and the app is losing around Rs 4.5 crore a day.

The Madras High Court on April 3 directed the state government to prohibit downloading TikTok app and media from telecasting videos made using the app. The Court said the app was "inappropriate" for children and exposed them to several dangers. Later, the Madras High Court turned down the request of the Bytedance Technology Pvt Ltd to suspend the ban imposed by ex-parte order. The bench of Justices Kirubakaran and S S Sundar appointed Senior Advocate Arvind P Datar as amicus curiae to assist the Court and posted the matter to April 24 for further hearing, reported Live Law.

In an email statement, TikTok had said, "We welcome the decision of the Madras High Court to appoint Arvind Datar as Amicus Curae (independent counsel) to the court. We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives."

Appearing for ByteDance, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the ban was imposed ex-parte and TikTok was not given a chance to defend itself, reported Live Mint.

Google and Apple have removed Chinese short video app TikTok from their respective app stores, within a day of receiving the order from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

On April 15, the SC refused to grant a stay on the ban but pointed out the ban was interim in nature.

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