HC rejected Writ seeking ban on airing 3 Indian TV channels


widenews desk: The High Court (HC) on Sunday rejected the writ petition filed seeking ban on airing of three Indian TV channels-Star Jalsha, Star Plus and Zee Bangla-in Bangladesh.

An HC bench comprising Justice M Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan passed the order, clearing the way to air the three Indian channels in the country, said Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju.

On August 7, 2014, Supreme Court lawyer Syeda Shahin Ara Laily filed the writ in the form of public interest litigation seeking to stop the operation of the three channels being aired in Bangladesh, arguing that those have been making an adverse impact on the social life of the country’s people.

The petitioner, in her writ petition, also noted that the operation of the Indian satellite channels should be banned here as Bangladeshi television channels are not allowed to be aired in India.

On October 19, 2014, the HC issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks as to why it should not directed to ask the cable operators to stop airing the three Indian satellite television channels.

Earlier on August 26 of the same year, a separate High Court division bench had rejected the same PIL writ petition ‘as being not pressed’.



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