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Nagpur advocate files PIL seeking regulation of web series, HC issues show cause notice to Govt of India

Nagpur-based advocate Divya Ganeshprasad Gontia, represented by well-known advocate Shyam Dewani, recently filed a PIL seeking regulation of web series.
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Nagpur-based advocate Divya Ganeshprasad Gontia, represented by well-known advocate Shyam Dewani, recently filed a PIL seeking regulation of web series. The PIL apart from demanding bringing in web series under the scanner of a body like Censor board, also demands strict action against the web series makers, service providers, web portals and other stakeholders for promoting obscenity, vulgarity and violence.

Responding to the PIL, the Division Bench of Bombay High Court, Nagpur Bench, consisting of Justice BP Dharmadhikari and Justice MG Giradkar, has issued show cause notices to Government of India through:

a) Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,

b) Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology,

c) Ministry of Law and Justice

d)? Ministry of Home Affairs and

e) Commissioner of Police Nagpur, making them returnable on 31st October, 2018. 

While well-known advocate Shyam Dewani assisted by Sahil Dewani represented the petitioner, Additional Solicitor General of India Ulhas Aurangabadkar held brief for various Ministries of the Government of India and Government Pleader Suman Devpujari represented State/Commissioner of Police.

By citing various examples of increasing uncontrolled vulgarities, obscenity, excessive violence, etc., the petition seeks following reliefs:

(a) Direct the Respondent Authorities to take appropriate action against all such Web Services Providers for exhibiting the programs containing obscene, nude, and vulgar scenes/remarks, which are found to be cognizable offences punishable under various provisions of law such as Cinematograph Act, Indian Penal Code, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986 and Information Technology Act, 2000.

(b)? Direct the Respondent No 1 to set a pre-screening Committee before streaming of web shows, any advertisement pertaining to web series, online shows, and movie or any other program which  is directly screened/released on online platform by any of the Channels around the Country whether Indian or International;

(c) Direct the Respondent No 1 to frame Guidelines/Policy not to depict/screen/ exhibit any web shows, any advertisement pertaining to web series, online shows, and Movie or any other program, which is directly screened/released on Air without prior approval of the any appropriate committee as soon as it constituted in this behalf;

(d) Direct the Respondents to take appropriate action for striking off all obscene, vulgar and nude scenes and delete offensive dialogs on web series and it should be restricted for public exhibition, in accordance with the provisions of the Cinematograph Act and various other laws.

(e)? Direct the Respondents to take all such steps by making strong recognition of children from being access over such adult shows streaming online and also take some measures towards parental control.

f) Direct the Respondents to take all such action as may be permissible in law to restrain internet web service providers from exhibiting/screening of all obscene, vulgar and offensive acts on online platform, which are considered as offences under various provisions of law.

(g)? Direct the Respondents to take all such action as may be permissible in law to take appropriate steps to restrain internet web service providers from exhibiting/screening of advertisement of the Programs/shows/web series on online platform and other forms of social media to promote such obscenity etc.

(h)? Direct the Respondents to take all such action as may be permissible in law to regulate the broadcast of web shows on public websites in compliance to norms laid under Cinematograph Act and various other provisions of law.

Advocate Shyam Dewani

Speaking to Nation Next, advocate Shyam Dewani said, Web portals are trying to take complete ill advantage of authorities believing that they cannot be regulated by them. Till the time appropriate provisions are made, action should be taken for the obscenity, vulgarity, excessive violence, etc., under the existing provisions of law pointed out in the petition.”

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.



The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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