Supreme Court asks Centre for response in OTT regulation petition


Tanvi Sinha

The Supreme Court asked the Centre to reveal the steps it had taken towards the petition that asked for an establishment of an autonomous body to regulate Over The Top (OTT) platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

Last year in October the Top Court with a bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde had asked the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Internet and Mobile Association of India to respond to the petition. 

Filed by Advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha, the petition wanted the establishment of a monitoring regulatory body for OTT platforms stating that during the pandemic OTT had given film directors an excuse to publish films without a clearance certificate by the censor board. 

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain said that the government was still contemplating measures, but this wasn’t satisfactory to the bench, with the CJI stating that an affidavit on steps being taken needed to be submitted.

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