SC refuses to stay Madras HC order on TikTok app ban
New Delhi Apr 16 PTI : The Supreme Court Monday refused to stay the Madras High Court order that directed the Centre to ban the “Tiktok” app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it.
The top court said that ban directive was just an interim order and the high court is schedule to hear the matter on April 16.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said that it is keeping the issue open for further adjudication and would consider it on April 22.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Chinese company ByteDance, said there were over billion downloads of the mobile app and an ex-parte orders were passed by the Madurai bench of Madras High Court.
He said the court did not even issue notice in the matter and an order was passed without hearing them.
The bench said the high court is already seized of the matter and the ban order was just an interim order.
“We are not closing the issue. Let the high court hear the matter,” the bench said and listed the matter for further hearing on April 22.
The high court had on April 3 directed the Centre to ban mobile application “TikTok” as it voiced concern over the “pornographic and inappropriate content” being made available through such apps.